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BU Study: PCPs Play Important Role in Stroke Survivors’ Outcomes

Primary care physicians can play an important role in providing feedback, coaching, and depression treatment to stroke patients with aphasia who are struggling with changes to their occupational, family, and social identities, according to a new study co-authored by Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) researchers.

“Recognizing patients’ struggles with their identities and in creating a new narrative may help in fostering recovery for these patients,” wrote the team behind the study, which was published in the International Journal of Family Medicine.

The team interviewed 12 patients over 18 months about perceived changes in their relationships and identities. All of the participants in the study reported that language and communication were an important part of their identities, as professionals, parents, friends, and spouses. Impairments in these areas “forced them to recreate or shift their identities,” the authors wrote.

Because neurologists and rehabilitation professionals are involved with stroke patients for a relatively short amount of time, the researchers said, it falls to primary care providers to “help the patient to move forward in the formation of their new identity.”

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