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Click on to a profession in one of the segments in the schematic below to see the services which may be provided by the selected health care professional to assist patients undergoing stroke recovery.

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Trigger points for a GP referral to a psychologist

Stroke is a signficant factor for experiencing depression.  Trigger points for referral may include:

  • New or recent diagnosis and indications of difficulty in adjusting to the diagnosis such as mood changes
  • No change in behaviour
  • Poor adherence to self-management strategies
  • Low, mood, elevated levels of anxiety and/or previous histry of mental health condition
  • Poor stress management
  • Difficulty accepting and integrating changes in self-concept or body image

Trigger points for a psychologist referral to a GP

  • Deteriorations in physical health and functioning, especially cognitive function
  • Extended time between medical reviews
  • Increasing symptom severity such as transient ischaemic attacks
  • Comorbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure
  • Failure to respond to psychological therapy for mood disorder

Potential treatment by a psychologist

  • Biophysical and/or neuropathy assessment to precede the intervenion
  • Ensure accurate knowledge and understanding of stroke symptoms and short/long term consequences
  • Help ensure expectations of treatment(s) and recovery prospects are realistic
  • Assist with goal setting that focuses on the factors that influence functioning
  • Provide strategies to address changes in cognitive and behavioural stress management
  • Provide evidence-based treatment for psychological disorders (e.g. mood, anxiety and eating disorders)
  • Assertiveness and problem solving training
  • Psychosocial support for partners and carers
  • Assist patient to adapt to changes in functioning (such as mobility, speech, cognitive) affecting social, work, sexual and family relationships to minimise loss of self-esteem and confidence