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An article highlighting the success of the Greater Manchester Stroke Assessment Tool (GM-SAT) tool has been published in the British Journal of Primary Care Nursing.
In the article, Gillian Richardson, Stroke Programme Manager, for Wakefield District, emphasises the importance for patients and carers of carrying out a post stroke review after six months.
She describes how the GM SAT tool has been very effective in identifying stroke survivors unmet needs; for instance where they would benefit from additional information and services to support the changes in their lifestyle.
The article also focuses on the TPP System One electronic templates of the GM-SAT created by the West Yorkshire Cardiovascular Network,Yorkshire and Humber Programme for IT and NHS Wakefield. These templates have now been published and are currently being in used in primary care nationally to carry out the six month review.
Gillian Richardson said: “The advantage of an electronic template for the six-month stroke review is that it allows information to be gathered from other parts of the patient record (e.g. the Quality and Outcomes Framework, drug history, recent illness). This reduces the need for repeated questions, because all the information is available before the review and the reviewer also has ready access to other aspects of the person’s health history (such as diabetes) so that a holistic health picture can be gathered and appropriate service information or support for lifestyle changes can be given.”
Professor Ruth Boaden, GM CLAHRC Deputy Director and Lead for Implementation, said: “It is fantastic to see the work of the GM CLAHRC recognised and used by practitioners. Implementation of the GM-SAT tool has successfully achieved an important development in patient care for stroke survivors. The TPP System One templates of the review will allow practitioners to gain a clearer understanding of the unmet needs of stroke survivor whilst considering and supporting other health needs they may have, overall offering better care.”
Read the full article here.
Date Published: 12/10/2012