Understanding the needs of people with vascular dementia following stroke
Stroke is the most common cause of complex adult disability in the UK and there is evidence to suggest that stroke is a risk factor for developing a dementia-type illness. Currently, there are no pharmacological management recommendations for vascular dementia-type illnesses and there is an absence of literature around service access and provision for those with a diagnosis. Although UK stroke services have greatly improved in recent years, the notable exceptions are around unmet psychological needs and longer-term rehabilitation.
This work aims to further the understanding of the specific needs of people with vascular dementia and mixed dementia following their admission to hospital with stroke.