Exploring the Factors Related to Return to Work after Stroke

Research on factors associated with return to work after stroke was conducted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. This research included a literature review, a national survey of stroke survivors as well as focus groups and semi structured interviews.

Main findings

  • The findings emphasised the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to assist people who have experienced stroke return to work
  • Communication between healthcare professionals and employers is essential
  • Gradual phased return to work was found as important in facilitating successful transition back to work
  • The most common problems limiting ability to work were mental fatigue (84%), physical fatigue (78%) and difficulties thinking (78%)
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