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Help research stroke discharge planning

Healthcare professionals’ perspectives of coordinated discharge planning post-stroke

Going home after a stroke is a significant milestone in the stroke recovery journey. To transition home successfully, patient-centred discharge planning is essential and results in reduced anxiety and depression, improved satisfaction with health care, continuity of care and general wellbeing.

Successful discharge planning also improves compliance with community-based rehabilitation, and reduces length of stay, risk of re-hospitalisation following discharge, and risk of secondary stroke. Ideally this process should be coordinated between acute and specialist care providers and primary care.

This study aims to describe the current practices of stroke health professionals in undertaking stroke discharge planning and barriers and facilitators to engaging primary health care providers and undertaking a coordinated discharge planning approach. We need health professionals from primary and specialist care to share their experience of stroke discharge planning.

Participation involves an interview via web-based videoconferencing about your understanding and current practice in stroke discharge planning. The interview will take approximately 30–45 minutes to complete. You will also be asked to comment on any perceived barriers and facilitators you may experience in implementing a coordinated discharge planning approach into your current practice.


If you are interested, please contact Dr Rachelle Pitt, phone 07 3413 7687, or email r.pitt1@uq.edu.au

Participant information sheet (DOCX 66 KB)