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Filling the gap in stroke care

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Although it is often understood in terms of the acute event, stroke is a long-term condition that is characterised by acute neurological deficits of vascular causes with potential for recurrence and long-lasting functional effects.1 UK-wide strategy underpins demonstrable recent improvements in acute inpatient stroke care. However, UK stroke management is criticised as 'asymmetrical', with literature and services disproportionately representing the early post-hospital recovery period only.2 In this article, the potential role of general practice nurses (GPNs) in supporting patients with long-term stroke recovery needs is examined and national structures and educational resources to support the long-term primary care of stroke patients are highlighted.

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