University of Gothenburg

Post-Stroke Checklist (PSC)

The Post-Stroke Checklist (PSC) is a standardized and validated tool for structured follow-up after stroke.

This Post-Stroke Checklist (PSC) has been developed to help healthcare professionals identify post-stroke problems amenable to treatment and/or referral. The PSC is a brief and easy-to-use tool, intended for completion in dialogue with the patient and the help of a caregiver, if necessary. PSC administration provides a standardised approach for the identification of long-term health problems after stroke and facilitates appropriate referral for treatment.

The use of the PSC is recommended in the National board of health and welfare guidelines for stroke care and internationally within the World Stroke Organization. The checklist was developed by an international multi-disciplinary expert group according to a detailed procedure described in the original article "Development of Poststroke Checklist to Standardize Follow-up Care for Stroke Survivors".


Original publications

Evaluation of Post Stroke Checklist: a pilot study in the United Kingdom and Singapore.
Ward AB, Chen C, Norrving B, Gillard P, Walker MF, Blackburn S, Holloway L and Brainin M.
World Stroke Organization, Vol 9, October 2014, 76-84. 

Development of Poststroke Checklist to Standardize Follow-up Care for Stroke Survivors.
Philip I, Brainin M, Walker MF, Ward AB, Gillard P, Shields AL and Norrving B.
Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, Vol. 22, No. 7 (October), 2013: pp e173-e180. 

Other publications

Experiences using the Post-Stroke Checklist in Sweden with a focus on feasibility and relevance: a mixed-method design
E. Kjörk, G. Carlsson, KS Sunnerhagen, Å. Lundgren-Nilsson.
BMJ Open 2019 doi: doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-028218

Experiences, needs, and preferences for follow-up after stroke perceived by people with stroke and healthcare professionals: A focus group study
E. Kjörk, G. Carlsson, Å. Lundgren-Nilsson and K. Stibrant Sunnerhagen.
PLoS ONE 2019:14(10):e0223338.