Patients and carers
Patients and carers have a vital role to play in increasing our knowledge of stroke - from prevention through to diagnosis, acute care and rehabilitation.
Most stroke patients receive hospital treatment which assists their recovery and rehabilitation. This could involve medications to thin the blood, thrombolysis to dissolve a blood clot in the brain, or physiotherapy to help you walk again. Before a treatment can be used on people, it must be thoroughly researched, tested and evaluated on willing participants through clinical trials (or studies).
Clinical trials can help stroke survivors by researching ways to prevent strokes, ensuring that stroke survivors are treated with the most up-to-date methods, and improving quality of life.
Stroke survivors can get involved in our work in different ways - either by taking part in a clinical study, or by becoming one of our lay members.
How trials work
Some of the types of trials related to stroke, how researchers decide who to include, and how they ensure that the results are scientifically valid.
Getting it right
Find out more about what it means to give your consent to take part, how we ensure confidentiality and how we keep any risks to a minimum.
My research journey
Brin Helliwell is a stroke survivor - hear his story, how he got involved in research and its impact on his recovery.
We support a range of studies along the patient's pathway from prevention, diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and ongoing care. The following pages detail those studies which are currently recruiting or have closed to recruitment in each area of stroke research: Acute, Prevention, Primary Care and Rehabilitation.