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A team of health researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School and the National Institute for Health Research are working with local music charity Plymouth Music Zone to bring together people who have communication problems caused by aphasia.
Aphasia is a speech and language disorder, which is caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of having a stroke. People with aphasia can struggle to speak or to understand spoken language, but also can have difficulties with reading, writing or using numbers.
Of the over 150,000 people who have a stroke each year, around a third (33%) will also...Read more
People who have had a stroke in Devon are receiving faster and more effective treatment thanks to research that has used the latest advances in computer simulation.
The ground-breaking project has led to a dramatic increase in the number of patients receiving vital clot-busting treatment, and significantly reduced treatment times.
Researchers from PenCLAHRC's operational research team, PenCHORD, teamed up with the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital and the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWAST) to implement the study, which has highlighted the importance of speed when treating people with stroke.
For some patients whose stroke is due to a blood clot...Read more
A new research study is investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have suffered a stroke. The training programme is called ReTrain, and the researchers are looking for volunteers in Devon to take part in the study.
Volunteers need to have suffered a stroke and been discharged for longer than one month following NHS stroke rehabilitation. They also need to have experienced difficulty managing stairs, slopes and uneven surfaces. The study is taking place at sites in Exeter and Newton Abbot.
The research study is supported by PenCLAHRC and the Stroke Association. ReTrain came about following an...Read more
A number of PenCLAHRC-supported projects are currently celebrating funding success.ReTrain
REhabilitation TRAINing (ReTrain) is a stroke rehabilitation project looking to improve the quality of life of long-term stroke survivors. It is an exercise rehabilitation programme that has been developed based on expert guidelines and an approach called ARNI (Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury), involving techniques and strategies to help patients readjust to the consequences of their stroke and regain participation in the community. The idea for the research originally came from a stroke survivor and stroke survivors have been heavily involved in the development of the project.
Led by Dr Sarah...Read more
PenCLAHRC is pleased to announce, in conjunction with the South West Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), the launch of three collaborative research projects.
These projects, funded by the AHSN and undertaken jointly with PenCLAHRC, will focus on the areas of stroke, diagnosing heart attacks and the management of long-term conditions.
Following on from PenCLAHRC’s award-winning research on stroke treatment pathways, the Emergency Treatment of Ischaemic Stroke project will build on these successes to investigate how to achieve a step-change in the emergency stroke treatment pathway across the South West Peninsula. Led by PenCLAHRC’s operational research group, PenCHORD, this project aims to create...Read more