Stroke study goes online

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An international study, led in the UK by academics from University of Central Lancashire has won cyber acclaim.

The study is being featured as part of a new online resource launched by the National Institute for Health Research which aims to give the public an insight into the work being done in the NHS to deal with strokes.

The study, entitled ‘HEADPOST’, is a worldwide nursing care study which examines whether stroke patients should be laid down or sat up when admitted to hospital.

Last year nearly 300 patients in Cumbria and Lancashire took part in stroke research, helping doctors and researchers to get an insight into many different aspects of the condition.

It is expected that the study will recruit 20,000 patients globally including 5,000 in the UK.

Co-investigator on the study Professor Caroline Watkins, director of the Lancashire Clinical Trials Unit and Professor of stroke and older people’s care at the School of Health at UCLan, said: “HEADPOST will hopefully give us the best nursing methods for different types of stroke and ultimately lead to improved care for stroke patients.

“It’s a really exciting project and it’s great to be able to offer the opportunity to take part to patients in the UK.

“I am delighted to share a platform with some of country’s key researchers in stroke.

“I hope the new online resource helps to raise awareness of clinical research in our region and encourage more patients across the country to take part.”

Professor Atkins’ study is one of many studies mentioned at www.FocusOnStroke, which informs people about the ground-breaking work that top researchers are doing to tackle strokes.