Identifying unmet needs in long-term stroke care using in-depth assessment and the Post-Stroke Checklist – The Managing Aftercare for Stroke (MAS-I) study

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Hotter, Benjamin, Padberg, Inken, Liebenau, Andrea, Knispel, Petra, Heel, Sabine, Steube, Diethard, Wissel, Jörg, Wellwood, Ian and Meisel, Andreas. (2018). Identifying unmet needs in long-term stroke care using in-depth assessment and the Post-Stroke Checklist – The Managing Aftercare for Stroke (MAS-I) study. European Stroke Journal. 3(3), pp. 237-245. https://doi.org/10.1177/2396987318771174
AuthorsHotter, Benjamin, Padberg, Inken, Liebenau, Andrea, Knispel, Petra, Heel, Sabine, Steube, Diethard, Wissel, Jörg, Wellwood, Ian and Meisel, Andreas
Abstract

Introduction
Detailed data on the long-term consequences and treatment of stroke are scarce. We aimed to assess the needs and disease burden of community-dwelling stroke patients and their carers and to compare their treatment to evidence-based guidelines by a stroke neurologist.

Methods
We invited long-term stroke patients from two previous acute clinical studies (n = 516) in Berlin, Germany to participate in an observational, cross-sectional study. Participants underwent a comprehensive interview and examination using the Post-Stroke Checklist and validated standard measures of: self-reported needs, quality of life, overall outcome, spasticity, pain, aphasia, cognition, depression, secondary prevention, social needs and caregiver burden.

Results
Fifty-seven participants (median initial National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score 10 interquartile range 4–12.75) consented to assessment (median 41 months (interquartile range 36–50) after stroke. Modified Rankin Scale was 2 (median; interquartile range 1–3), EuroQoL index value was 0.81 (median; interquartile range 0.70–1.00). The frequencies for disabilities in the major domains were: spasticity 35%; cognition 61%; depression 20%; medication non-compliance 14%. Spasticity (p = 0.008) and social needs (p < 0.001) had the strongest impact on quality of life. The corresponding items in the Post-Stroke Checklist were predictive for low mood (p < 0.001), impaired cognition (p = 0.015), social needs (p = 0.005) and caregiver burden (p = 0.031). In the comprehensive interview, we identified the following needs: medical review (30%), optimization of pharmacotherapy (18%), outpatient therapy (47%) and social work input (33%).

Conclusion
These results suggest significant unmet needs and gaps in health and social care in long-term stroke patients. Further research to develop a comprehensive model for managing stroke aftercare is warranted.

Clinical Trial Registration: clinicaltrials.gov NCT02320994.

Keywordsstroke; aftercare; healthcare research; long-term management
Year2018
JournalEuropean Stroke Journal
Journal citation3 (3), pp. 237-245
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN2396-9873
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/2396987318771174
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85060505887
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range237-245
FunderFederal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany
German Research Foundation
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Output statusPublished
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Online01 Sep 2018
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Accepted03 Nov 2017
Deposited24 Aug 2022
Grant ID01EO0801
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