National Survey of Stroke Survivors 2014
Research on people surviving stroke, who are recovering in the community, consisted of a review of the research literature, and a survey of stroke survivors. The research was conducted in 2013 by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, funded under the National Disability Authority's Research Promotion Grant Scheme.
Main Findings - National Survey of Stroke Survivors in Ireland
Almost 200 people responded to the survey.
Stroke was found to have a personal, social and economic impact, and there were challenges that affected return to independence.
- Successful return to work levels after stroke were low. While more than half of those below retirement age had been in employment before their stroke, only half of these returned to full or part-time work after their stroke
- The vast majority of survey respondents experienced emotional distress and fatigue at some time since their stroke. Over half of the people who experienced these said that they received none or very little treatment for this
- Half of respondents needed help with personal care after the stroke. Families provided much of this help
- Less than half of those who drove before their stroke did not return to driving
- More than half of the respondents reported that their finances had been affected by their stroke as income had decreased but spending had increased
- One third of respondents reported paying privately for services such as physiotherapy or speech and language therapy, which proved expensive.