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Stroke training practices to undergo scrutiny

17th May 2006

A study that will look at the effectiveness of a new training programme for people who care for stroke patients will take place over the coming months.

Researchers from the University of Leeds and King's College in London will develop a number of questions and tests to determine the mental, physical and social effects of the approved programme on 300 patients and carers.

The programme has a standard structure in order to provide all carers in the UK with relevant information and recommendations so they can better manage the person who is recovering from a stroke.

Currently, the level of training and support is dependent on the resources of the hospital where the patient is being treated.

The leader of the study, Dr Anne Forster, said: "It's thought that having an approved structured programme will increase the confidence of carers to look after the patient and will better equip them to cope with their new role and this research will test if that's true.

"Hopefully this study will help inform the way health professionals work with carers and patients in the future."

The Medical Research Council, a national organisation which supports medical research that focuses on improving human health, provided a grant of £1.2 million to fund the study.