Stroke Rehabilitation

The Stroke Rehabilitation group is a world-leading centre for stroke research, part of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation. Our rehabilitation research is primarily focused on post-stroke care. We have a long-established programme of research addressing the longer term psycho-social outcomes for people and their families after stroke. Our work is underpinned by strong national and international collaborations. We work in close collaboration with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research.

Our extensive portfolio of research in stroke rehabilitation has achieved impactful changes, including:

  • Successful completion of two of the world’s largest ever stroke rehabilitation trials
  • Development of an unmet needs assessment tool which has been translated into Dutch and French and is being widely used internationally in service provision and research;
  • Exploration of the provision of post-stroke therapy led by David Clarke has had a wide-reaching international impact and used as a case study by the Royal College of Physicians.
  • Lead the Cochrane Review on information provision for people after stroke

Our recent projects include:

  • LoTS-2-Care: Development and evaluation of strategies to provide longer-term health and social care for stroke survivors and their carers.
  • CREATE: Using co-production to improve patient carer and staff experiences in health care organizations: a multi-centre, mixed methods evaluation in inpatient stroke units.
  • RECREATE: Development and evaluation of strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour in patients after stroke and improve outcomes
  • Talking about recovery after stroke:  How do we do it, and how can we do better? 
  • Information provision for patients and their carers after stroke
  • Development and evaluation of a training programme for caregivers of people after stroke.
  • LoTScare: development and evaluation of a post-stroke review process.

Professor Anne Forster – Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation

Dr David Clarke – Associate Professor in Stroke Care
Dr Jennifer Hall
Dr Jessica Hall
Dr Rekesh Corepal
Dr Seline Ozer
Dr Alan Wright

PhD Students

Sarah Batt
Nicola Cornwall
Louisa Burton

Key publications 

Forster A, Crocker TF, Wright A, Burton LJ, Ozer S, Atkinson R, Hardicre NK, House A, Hewison J, McKevitt C, Farrin AJ and on behalf of the LoTS2Care Programme Management Group. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for the process evaluation of a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials 2018;1119(1):368.

Forster A, Hartley S, Barnard L, Ozer S, Hardicre N, Crocker T, et al. An intervention to support stroke survivors and their carers in the longer term (LoTS2Care): study protocol for a cluster randomised controlled feasibility trial. Trials (2018) 19(1):317. doi:10.1186/s13063-018-2669-5

Clarke DJ, Burton L, Tyson SF, Rodgers H, Drummond A, Palmer R, Hoffman A, Prescott M, Tyrrell P, Brkic L, Grenfell K, Forster A. Why do stroke survivors not receive recommended amounts of active therapy? Findings from the ReAcT study, a mixed-methods case-study evaluation in eight stroke units. Clinical Rehabilitation 2018; 1-14. doi: 10.1177/0269215518765329

Wray F, Clarke DJ, Forster A. Post-stroke self-management interventions: a systematic review of effectiveness and investigation of the inclusion of stroke survivors with aphasia. Disability and Rehabilitation 2018;40(11):1237-1251. doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2017.1294206

Clarke DJ, Burton L, Tyson SF, Rodgers H, Drummond A, Palmer R, Hoffman A, Prescott M, Tyrrell P, Brkic L, Grenfell K, Forster A. Why do stroke survivors not receive recommended amounts of active therapy? Findings from the ReAcT study, a mixed-methods case-study evaluation in eight stroke units. Clinical Rehabilitation 2018; 1-14. DOI: 10.1177/0269215518765329

Lindley R, Anderson C, Billot L, Forster A, Hackett M, Harvey L, Jan S, Li Q, Liu H, Langhorne P, Maulik P, Murthy G, and Walker M, Pandian J. Family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet 2017 ISSN 1474-547X 390(10094):588-599

Forster A, Young J, Chapman K, Nixon J, Patel A, Holloway I, Mellish K, Anway S, Breen R, Knapp M, Murray J, Farrin A. Cluster Randomized Controlled Trial: Clinical and Cost-Effectiveness of a System of Longer-Term Stroke Care. Stroke 2015; 46:  2212-2219.

Funding Sources 

National Institute for Health Research

The Stroke Association