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Research project: Palliative care in acute strokes - Dormant - Dormant

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This study will provide a strong foundation for the enhancement of care for a significant number of patients who die in the acute stage of stroke.



  • to identify how the principles and practice of palliative care can improve acute stroke care
  • identification of patient and family preferences for management.
  • identification of service and professional barriers to incorporating palliative care in acute stroke services.


19 month study incorporating 2 phases:

Phase 1: (months 1 � 11). Systematic assessment of a prospective cohort of acute stroke patients (n=390) and their families using the Palliative Care screening scale, augmented with interviews of patients and family members with identified palliative care needs (n=95) to identify preferences for management.

Phase 2: (months 12- 19), Focus groups with a range of stroke services (n=4) will identify organisational and clinical barriers and facilitators to the development of palliative care provision in acute stroke.


Project team

Julia Addington-Hall 

Project funder

The Stroke Association (held at Lancaster University)

Related research groups

Complex Healthcare Processes
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