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To the editor:
Stroke is a major cause of death and disability
worldwide. In the United States, there are approximately 790,000 new
cases each year. Neuropsychiatric disorders are often associated
with stroke and, among them, depression is the most prevalent.
The importance of detecting post stroke depression is emphasized
as a requirement for Joint Commission-sponsored Comprehensive Stroke
Center certifications. However, best practice policies and
guidelines for post stroke depression screening methods and
treatment interventions are controversial worldwide. Despite
conflicting theories about screening methods and treatment
interventions, longitudinal studies show universal consensus that,
if left untreated, post stroke depression does negatively impact
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While efforts to improve and standardize screening and treatment
policies and procedures are ongoing, the need for increased public
awareness of post stroke depression, still remains an area of great
concern. Resources and support for post stroke depression can be
easily obtained from most medical providers. Stroke survivors and
their loved ones are encouraged to ask their primary care providers
or their stroke providers for more information.
Please join me in my efforts to spread stroke awareness to the
members of our community.
Christine Coppenbarger, BSW
Masterís in Social Work candidate at the University of Illinois
May 11, 2017]
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