A neuropsychologist works with stroke patients in a variety of ways and clinical settings.
A neuropsychologist can examine a post-stroke patient with a brief cognitive screening exam, or a more in-depth neuropsychological examination (Npe). This is done either in the acute care hospital or in the outpatient office once discharged. The purpose of either examination is to determine what aftercare and level of rehabilitation services are needed.
The neuropsychologist plays a critical role in the rehabilitation treatment by assessing and diagnosing cognitive (thinking) dysfunction and emotional-behavioral changes that may impede rehabilitation progress and attainment of functional goals.
Neuropsychological follow-up and reassessment of emotional and cognitive deficits during rehabilitation evaluate each patient’s progress, need for special accommodations in their environment, and potential need for additional postdischarge treatment.