Role of Neuroplasticity in Stroke Nursing

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Abstract

The focus of this review is on summarising the concept of neuroplasticity and how stroke nursing can utilise it. Neuroplasticity refers to the brain's ability to reorganise and change in response to experience or after brain damage. Neuroplasticity is an imperative component of recovery from stroke, and rehabilitation aims to capitalise on this phenomenon during a patient's recovery. There are several fundamental principles of neuroplasticity, including use it or lose it, repetition, intensity and time. Nurses can play a pivotal role in ensuring optimum conditions for neuroplasticity through a variety of means. These include encouragement of repetition, integration of repetition to everyday tasks, creating a stimulating environment, educating stroke patients as well as their carers about the recovery process and working as part of multidisciplinary team (MDT). Stroke Nursing can help optimise the brain’s ability to reorganise, adapt and change after a stroke enhancing recovery and quality of life.
Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 16 Nov 2020

Keywords

  • Neuroplasticity
  • nursing
  • stroke rehabilitation
  • stroke recovery

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