There will be four stages to the project:
Stage 1: Interviews with patients and healthcare providers
Aim: To understand the context of potential settings to follow-up and screen TIA/minor stroke patients.
We will interview people who have had a mini-stroke and people who deliver healthcare in hospitals, GP practices and the community. We will ask people about their experiences of the current care available and their opinions on the new care pathway.
Stage 2: Refine the intervention pathway
Aim: To refine the content and delivery of the intervention pathway.
Part a) We will send a survey to people who have had a mini-stroke, doctors, nurses and volunteers to find out what services are available in the West Midlands to support people with anxiety, depression, fatigue and brain functioning. This information will be put on a website so that doctors and nurses can easily search for local services.
Part b) We will use the information from the interviews in stage one to decide where the follow-up appointment for the new care pathway should be, e.g. should it be in a hospital or in the community.
Part c) We will consider practical issues to help design how the care pathway will be delivered. We will get advice from people who the care pathway is relevant to, including people who will deliver the pathway, people who have had a mini-stroke, stroke doctors, GPs and stroke charities.
Stage 3: Feasibility study
Aim: To assess the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention
We will test the new care pathway to see if it works practically. 60 people who have had a mini-stroke will be involved: 30 will get the new care pathway and 30 will get normal care.
Stage 4: Dissemination and future research
We will share the findings from stages 1-3 with the general public and people who may want to use the new care pathway in the future, including patients, doctors and nurses, academics and politicians. We will also design a bigger study to test if the care pathway improves people's quality of life and management of long-term problems after mini-stroke.