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Psychosocial wellbeing after stroke: Understanding and enhancing care

48 months
Approved budget:
Associate Professor Felicity Bright
Professor Dr Katie Featherstone
Dr Aileen Collier
Dr Vivian Fu
Associate Professor Nada Signal
Health issue:
Proposal type:
Emerging Researcher First Grant
Lay summary
Psychosocial wellbeing is important for living well after stroke. It has four dimensions: a sense of pleasure, engagement in meaningful activities, good social relationships and a strong self-identity. However, it is not well-addressed in stroke services, with clinicians suggesting their ability to do so is limited by their work environment. This research aims to understand and enhance clinician and service capability to support psychosocial wellbeing in everyday care. We will examine current care practices through observations, interviews, and document review. We will identify how practice is influenced by the work environment and how practice and services can be enhanced to better support psychosocial wellbeing. We will work with stroke survivors and clinicians to prioritise areas for change and develop and share resources that can be immediately implemented to enhance care. These will help clinicians and services address psychosocial wellbeing after stroke, improving people’s outcomes and reducing long-term impact of stroke.