We launched a research report at the European Life After Stroke Forum (Friday 10 March) that reveals the long-term support to meet the needs of stroke survivors in Europe is severely lacking.

A life saved is a life worth living – the unmet needs of stroke survivors in Europe, is a comprehensive review and analysis of all the research on the needs and unmet needs of stroke survivors.

‘A life worth saving must also be worth living but our report shows that even basic things like access to ongoing rehabilitation or mental health support is a constant struggle for people who have had a stroke. All too often service provision and support stop a few weeks after someone has a stroke, but their needs persist.’ Arlene Wilkie, Director General, Stroke Alliance for Europe

Kings College London, who carried out the review, found over 80 distinct issues, where stroke survivors have said that their needs are not being met: from the need for ongoing physiotherapy to promote mobility; or psychological support to help prevent depression. The report also covered the need for better inclusion in social and community life and highlighted the often overlooked needs of informal carers.

‘In my long-term, still ongoing, recovery I have a strong need for continued physiotherapy and occupational therapy. It goes without saying, that for this to happen there is a need for financial resources.’ Jurg, stroke survivor, Switzerland

Read the summary report

European Life After Stroke Forum