Telerehabilitation to Improve Outcomes for People With Stroke: Study Protocol for a Randomised Controlled Trial

Saywell, N
Vandal, AC
Brown, P
Hanger, HC
Hale, L
Mudge, S
Milosavljevic, S
Feigin, V
Taylor, D
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BioMed Central Ltd.

In New Zealand, around 45,000 people live with stroke and many studies have reported that benefits gained during initial rehabilitation are not sustained. Evidence indicates that participation in physical interventions can prevent the functional decline that frequently occurs after discharge from acute care facilities. However, on-going stroke services provision following discharge from acute care is often related to non-medical factors such as availability of resources and geographical location. Currently most people receive no treatment beyond three months post stroke. The study aims to determine if the Augmented Community Telerehabilitation Intervention (ACTIV) results in better physical function for people with stroke than usual care, as measured by the Stroke Impact Scale, physical subcomponent.

Clinical protocols , Cost-benefit analysis , Disability evaluation , Health care costs , Humans , New Zealand , Patient preference , Physical therapy modalities , Quality of life , Questionnaires , Recovery of function , Research design , Stroke , Telemedicine , Time factors , Treatment outcome
Trials 2012, 13:233. DOI:10.1186/1745-6215-13-233
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