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Early discharge support

Services that provide early supported discharge should ensure that the person with aphasia and their family is still carefully linked in with ongoing supports and appropriately prepared for the transition.

Reference: Salter et al., 2010
NHMRC Level of evidence: I

: In the initial weeks following stroke, the presence of social supports and contacts are essential to individuals who are facing considerable life changes following a stroke event (Robinson et al., 1999). Improvement of available social support and prevention of social deterioration could be an important strategy in reducing or preventing distress and warding off post-stroke depression (Salter et al., 2010).


  1. Robinson, R. G., Murata, Y., & Shimoda, K. (1999). Dimensions of social impairment and their effect on depression and recovery following stroke. International Psychogeriatrics, 11(4). doi: 10.1017/s1041610299005992
  2. Salter, K., Foley, N., & Teasell, R. (2010). Social support interventions and mood status post stroke: A review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 47, 616-625. doi: 10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2009.12.002


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