Since 1995, the South London Stroke Register (SLSR) has been recording and following up all first-ever strokes in people of all ages living in 22 wards of Lambeth and Southwark, inner city South London, a well-defined multi-ethnic population. This makes the SLSR the longest running stroke register of its kind in the world. Information has been collected on over 5900 patients who are followed up at three months and annually after stroke, for life.
The Register is a collaboration between researchers at King’s College London and stroke specialists at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital. Funding for the SLSR has been received from numerous sources including the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), the Medical Research Council (MRC), the Stroke Association, the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), the European Commission FP7 and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity.
Why do we need a stroke register?
The South London Stroke Register allows researchers to find out about:
- the number of people who have a stroke
- factors that make some people more likely to have a stroke such as their ethnicity, sex and age
- problems that stroke survivors have in the long term (physical, mental, social and emotional needs)
- the quality of care that stroke survivors receive
How do we involve stroke survivors and families in research?
The King’s College London Stroke Research Patients and Family Group meets every six weeks with stroke researchers to discuss research. This means that stroke survivors and families have a say in the way stroke research is carried out and how the results are shared.
What has changed as a result of stroke register research?
Research carried out by the South London Stroke Register has helped to design improvements in the treatment and care that people in the UK receive when they are in hospital after a stroke. This has helped to reduce death and disability from stroke.
Would you like to know more about the South London Stroke Register and stroke research? Please visit our webpage at http://bit.ly/1STq25V
In 2015, the Division of Health & Social Care Research at King’s College London is celebrating 20 years of the South London Stroke Register and its research programme, including holding a stroke research symposium on Wednesday 22nd July 2015.
We are grateful to King’s College London Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and CareUK for their support of our visual arts project, and to the British Heart Foundation for support with the costs of the symposium. Please note that this is a personal blog created by staff at King’s College London who are organising the symposium; any opinions expressed herein are not necessarily the opinions of King’s College London and King’s assumes no responsibility for such content.