Palliative care in stroke: development of a decision-aid. (WC 2010-069)

Background

Starting date: 15/05/2011

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in Western countries. However, there is still a lack of research in the palliative care needs of stroke patients and their families. Unlike cancer, stroke is not immediately related to palliative care. Because of the difficulty of assessing a prognosis, the acute nature of stroke and the focus in hospitals on stabilizing the patient's condition, the needs for palliative care are often neglected. Palliative care often comes up very late in the disease progress or not at all, although about 20 % of Dutch stroke patients die in the first month after the stroke; (40 % in the age group older than 85).