Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Global stroke bill of rights

As a person who has had a stroke, I have a right to:

Receive the best stroke care

    Receive the best stroke care
  • a rapid diagnosis so I can be treated quickly
  • receive treatment by a specialised team at all stages of my journey (in hospital and during rehabilitation)
  • receive care that is well coordinated
  • access treatment regardless of financial situation, gender, culture or place that I live
  • receive treatment that is right for me as an individual – considering my age, gender, culture, goals and my changing needs over time

Be informed and prepared

    Be informed and prepared
  • be informed about the signs of stroke so I can recognise if I am having one
  • be fully informed about what has happened to me and about living with stroke for as long as I require it

Be supported in my recovery

    Be supported in my recovery
  • be provided with hope for the best possible recovery I can make now and into the future
  • receive psychological and emotional support in a form that best meets my needs
  • be included in all aspects of society regardless of any disability I may have
  • receive support (financial or otherwise) to ensure I am cared for in the longer term
  • be supported to return to work and/or to other activities I may choose to participate in after my stroke
  • get access to formal and informal advocacy to assist me with access to the services I need
  • be connected to other stroke survivors and caregivers so I may gain and provide support in my recovery from stroke
It is a tool that can be used by individuals and organisations to communicate with stroke care providers and with governments and their agencies about what people affected by stroke think are the most important things in their recovery. Many aspects of care considered important by those affected by stroke, and included in this document, have been shown to reduce death and disability after stroke.
The Global Stroke Bill of Rights is not a legal document. It is a guide to the elements of stroke care that are important to stroke survivors and care givers to drive to the best possible outcomes and experiences associated with stroke.
The Global Stroke Bill of Rights was developed by us, a group of stroke survivors and caregivers from each region of the world. We were supported by a larger group of survivors and caregivers and by thousands more from different countries, cultures and language who completed surveys to understand if there are any differences in different parts of the world. Their responses demonstrated that what is considered to be important in stroke recovery is consistent regardless of where people affected by stroke live.
The issues identified through this process are outlined in the Global Stroke Bill of Rights, listed according to the importance survivors and caregivers placed on them.
We hope that it is a useful tool to help improve access to care for people affected by stroke, better diagnosis and treatment of stroke which ultimately leading to improvements in stroke care and support across the globe.

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