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Empathy and social‐emotional factors in recovery from stroke

Eslinger, Paul J.a,b; Parkinson, Karia; Shamay, Simone G.c

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Abstract

There is growing interest in evaluating the social and emotional effects of stroke, with the aim of improving recovery and outcome. Recent investigations indicate that post‐stroke depression and social impairment are cross‐cultural consequences that affect between one‐third and two‐thirds of patients. These conditions appear to be undertreated, even though studies confirm measurable benefits of medical and caregiver education interventions. A further improvement in outcome can be expected from the comprehensive recognition and management of other social and emotional alterations that encompass emotion‐related communication disorders, reduced emotional arousal, initiation and expression, and impaired social cognition, empathy and related interpersonal competencies.

© 2002 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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