20 May 2020

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. As such, the provision of a stroke discharge care plan is recommended internationally in stroke clinical guidelines and standards. Ideally this process should be coordinated between acute and specialist care providers and primary care.

Our study aims to determine healthcare professionals’ knowledge, confidence and satisfaction in coordinated discharge planning post stroke and perceived barriers and facilitators in current practice. We invite you to participate in an interview via videoconferencing to find out more about current practices and opportunities to improve discharge planning.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Cai Ling Chai at c.chai@uqconnect.edu.au who can arrange an interview via Zoom at a time that is convenient for you.

Participation in this project is entirely voluntary. The project has received ethical clearance from The University of Queensland and Southern Cross University.

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