Using a checklist to facilitate management of long-term care needs after stroke: insights from focus groups and a feasibility study

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Background: Long-term needs of stroke survivors are often not adequately addressed and many patients are dissatisfied with care post-discharge from hospital. Primary care could play an important role in identifying need in people with stroke.

Aim: We aimed to explore, refine and test the feasibility and acceptability of a post-stroke checklist for stroke reviews in primary care.

Design and Setting: Focus groups (using a generic qualitative approach) and a single-centre feasibility study.

Method: Five focus groups were conducted; three with healthcare providers and two with stroke survivors/carers. The focus groups discussed acceptability of a checklist approach and the content of an existing checklist. The checklist was then modified and piloted in one general practice surgery in the East of England.

Results: The qualitative data found the concept of a checklist was considered valuable to standardise stroke reviews and prevent post-stroke problems being missed. Items were identified that were missing from the original checklist: return to work, fatigue, intimate relationships and social activities. Time constraints was the main concern from healthcare professionals and pre-completion of the checklist was suggested to address this.
Thirteen stroke survivors were recruited to the feasibility study. The modified checklist was found to be feasible and acceptable to patients and primary care clinicians and resulted in agreed action plans.

Conclusion: The modified post-stroke checklist is a pragmatic and feasible approach to identify problems post-stroke and facilitate referral to appropriate support services. The checklist is a potentially valuable tool to structure stroke reviews using a patient-centred approach.


Original languageEnglish
Article number2
Number of pages8
JournalBMC Family Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2019


  • Stroke, primary care, long-term care, rehabilitation, quality of life