Pep talk 'raises uptake of follow up care among stroke patients'

Posted on 05 August 2011

People deemed to be at high risk of a stroke, who may have long term care plans, are more likely to seek follow up care if they are subject to a motivational talk, new research has shown.

A University of Michigan team revealed that a morale-boosting telephone intervention could increase the number of people seeing their primary physician for follow-up care, according to the study, published in the Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases.

The study, which took place in the USA's 'stroke belt', saw one group of participants receive either standard information on strokes or a telephone call offering specific health advice.

Researcher Rajesh Balkrishnan said: "Patients who had the telephone intervention were twice as likely to visit their primary care physician and discuss stroke screening results."

In other news, traumatic brain injury was found to increase the risk of stroke tenfold in the first three months following the event, according to a study published in journal Stroke.

Posted by Nigel Murphy

 

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