Project: the Burden of Stroke in Europe
King’s College London has been commissioned by the Stroke Association in the UK (on behalf of the Stroke Alliance for Europe – SAFE) to undertake a project on the burden of stroke and how patients’ needs are met by health care provision in Europe.
What will the project deliver?
As more people survive stroke, the burden of care and support is great and increasing. However, the implementation of guidelines, interventions and organised stroke care varies across Europe, contributing to variation in outcomes for stroke survivors. The project will bring together information on all EU member states, resulting in an up-to-date report on: stroke incidence, prevalence and outcomes; policy; healthcare infrastructure, service provision and quality; and the uptake of new technologies. It will inform actions for health policy makers, health care providers, stroke support organisations and industries.
How will the project be carried out?
The project will use published studies and information from stroke experts in each country. We would greatly appreciate support from country representatives (clinicians, researchers and leaders of stroke support organisations) to help us access information which is not readily accessible via journal databases. This information includes national strategies and guidelines, the organisation of care from prevention to long-term follow up, audits, epidemiology, and the role of stroke support organisations.
Who is doing the project?
The team at King’s College London is led by Prof Charles Wolfe and Prof Christopher McKevitt. The researchers working on the project are Dr Eva Emmett and Eleanor Stevens.
When will the project end?
The final report will be presented in spring 2017.