Nurses are being encouraged by the UK’s sole nursing professor of stroke care to encourage patients to use a new website designed to help them manage their recovery.
The Stroke Association has developed My Stroke Guide, a free, digital self-management tool that provides NHS accredited information and advice to help stroke patients with their recovery.
“My Stroke Guide can be a great resource for nurses supporting stroke rehabilitation”
The site, which includes a library of over 200 videos, shows patients and their carers how to manage some of the ongoing physical and emotional challenges of recovering from a stroke.
Survivors and carers using the site can also locate stroke support services available in their area and link up with others affected by stroke through an online community forum, said the charity.
It noted that, out of a group of 156 stroke patients and carers who tested the site, 90% said it helped them understand stroke better and 47% felt more positive about their recovery.
In addition, 95% would recommend it to others affected by stroke, according to the charity.
Dame Caroline Watkins, professor of stroke and older people’s care at the University of Central Lancashire, said: “My Stroke Guide can be a great resource for nurses supporting stroke rehabilitation.
“Patients are often keen to return home but the reality of getting back to their own home is often stressful because they neither truly know the new challenges they face, nor have the level of support that they now need,” she said.
“Being able to refer to My Stroke Guide as a source of reliable stroke-specific advice could help some patients manage that transition and feel a bit better equipped to adjust to their new life,” she added.
“We hope My Stroke Guide will… provide essential resource for health professionals”
Bridget Bergin, executive director of support at the Stroke Association, highlighted that almost two thirds of stroke patients left hospital with a disability and a third needed long-term care.
She noted that evidence showed those who actively self-managed their condition used NHS fewer resources, had fewer appointments with GPs and nurses and visited accident and emergency less frequently.
“Having an online self-management tool available to stroke patients will allow them to take more control of their recovery and provide them with support wherever they are and whenever they need it,” she said.
She added: “We hope My Stroke Guide will not only make a difference to stroke patients but also provide essential resource for health professionals.”