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Psychological Management of Stroke

Nadina B. Lincoln, Ian I. Kneebone, Jamie A. B. Macniven, Reg C. Morris

ISBN: 978-0-470-68426-9 February 2012 626 Pages


Psychological Management of Stroke presents a review and synthesis of the current theory and data relating to the assessment, treatment, and psychological aspects of stroke.

  • Provides comprehensive reviews of evidence based practice relating to stroke
  • Written by clinical psychologists working in stroke services
  • Covers a broad range of psychological aspects, including fitness to drive, decision making, prevention of stroke, and involvement of carers and families
  • Reviews and synthesizes new data across a wide range of areas relevant to stroke and the assessment, treatment, and care of stroke survivors and their families
  • Represents a novel approach to the application of psychological theory and principles in the stroke field
About the Authors vii

Foreword by The Stroke Association ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

Section 1 Background to Stroke and Stroke Services 1

Chapter 1 Experiences and Effects of Stroke and Its Aftermath 3

Chapter 2 Clinical Stroke Services 28

Chapter 3 Neurological Basis of Stroke and Related Vascular Disorders 60

Section 2 Cognitive Effects of Stroke 85

Chapter 4 Neuropsychological Symptoms of Stroke 87

Chapter 5 Screening for Cognitive Problems after Stroke 109

Chapter 6 Neuropsychological Assessment after Stroke 130

Chapter 7 Communication Problems after Stroke 160

Chapter 8 Driving after Stroke 181

Chapter 9 Decision Making and Mental Capacity 203

Chapter 10 Neuropsychological Aspects of Rehabilitation 232

Chapter 11 Cognitive Rehabilitation 248

Chapter 12 Challenging Behaviour after Stroke 266

Section 3 Emotional Effects of Stroke 281

Chapter 13 Emotional Problems after Stroke 283

Chapter 14 Screening and Evaluation of Emotional Problems After Stroke 299

Chapter 15 Managing Emotional Problems after Stroke 329

Chapter 16 Behavioural and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy for Depression after Stroke 336

Chapter 17 Stroke and Fear of Falling 349

Chapter 18 Prevention of Psychological Distress after Stroke 362

Chapter 19 Pain and Fatigue 378

Section 4 Social Dimensions of Stroke 391

Chapter 20 Carers of Stroke Survivors 393

Chapter 21 Strokes in Young People: Families and Children, Carers, Employment and Long-Term Survival 425

Chapter 22 Prevention of Stroke 455

Chapter 23 Conclusions and Future Directions 486

Appendix 1 491

References 493

Index 589

This comprehensive and inspirational book ensures psychological care equals the importance of physical interventions to maximise quality of life poststroke.  It is relevant to occupational therapy stroke clinicians, researchers and students, as well as being a valuable asset to multidisciplinary stroke services at all stages of the patient journey.”  (British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 December 2012)

“Overall I found this a timely text that would be an excellent resource for anyone working in stroke services.”  (The Psychologist, 1 January 2013)

“I offer my congratulations to the authors and my thanks on behalf of psychologists, stroke survivors, and their families.”  (Psyccritiques, 5 September 2012)