Barriers to Care for Poststroke Visual Deficits in Alberta, Canada

Kiran Pohar Manhas, Karim Damji, Katelyn Brehon, Jennis Jiang, Peter Faris, Fiona Costello

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Poststroke visual impairment (VI) negatively affects rehabilitation potential and quality of life for stroke survivors. In this cross-sectional observational study, stroke survivors and providers were surveyed to quantify perspectives regarding care for poststroke VI in Alberta, Canada (n = 46 survivors; n = 87 providers). Few patients (35%) felt prepared to cope with VI at the time of discharge from acute stroke and inpatient rehabilitation settings. Less than 25% of stroke survivors, and <16% of providers, felt referral processes were adequate. 95.2% of providers and 82% of stroke survivors advocated for a provincial clinical pathway to improve care quality for poststroke VI.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)773-776
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Neurological Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2023


  • Health service delivery
  • Low vision
  • Patient perspectives
  • Stakeholder perspectives
  • Stroke
  • Visual deficits
  • Visual impairment


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