Heart & Circulation

Have you or a loved one had a stroke due to bleeding in the brain and received treatment to help blood clotting? Consumer input needed for a Cochrane Review

Skills / interests: Consumer (public, patient, carer) input

I am looking for consumer input on a review looking at treatments to help blood clotting to improve the recovery of adults with stroke due to bleeding in the brain. 

More than one-tenth of all strokes are caused by bleeding in the brain (known as brain haemorrhage). The bigger the haemorrhage, the more likely it is to be fatal. Roughly one-fifth of brain haemorrhages enlarge significantly, most during the first three hours after the initial bleed. Therefore, treatments that promote blood clotting might reduce the risk of death or being disabled after brain haemorrhage by limiting its growth, if given soon after the bleeding starts. However, haemostatic drugs might cause unwanted clotting, leading to unwanted side effects, such as heart attacks and clots in leg veins.

Cochrane considers a consumer, in this case, to be a patient, a parent or carer of a patient who had a stroke due to bleeding in the brain and received treatment to promote clot formation and decrease bleeding. For consumer peer review, we will ask you to complete a short form with your feedback to ensure the review is accessible and relevant so that it will be helpful to patients and their carers/families with healthcare decision-making. 

You are welcome to provide feedback on any aspect of the review, or you can focus your attention on the sections you feel are most relevant to consumers and stakeholders, such as Abstract, Plain Language Summary, and Conclusions. Our aim is for this to be a manageable task, that does not overburden consumer reviewers. 

Thank you in advance for considering!

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