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Connecting patients and therapists remotely using technology is feasible and facilitates exercise adherence after stroke

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posted on 2023-05-20, 08:21 authored by Simpson, DB, Marie-Louise BirdMarie-Louise Bird, English, C, Seana GallSeana Gall, Monique BreslinMonique Breslin, Smith, S, Matthew SchmidtMatthew Schmidt, Michele CallisayaMichele Callisaya
Purpose: Repetitive task practice after stroke is important to improve function, yet adherence to exercise is low. The aim of this study was to determine whether using the internet, a tablet application and chair sensor, that connected to a therapist was feasible in monitoring adherence and progressing a functional exercise at home.

Methods: Ten participants with stroke completed a 4-week sit-to-stand exercise using the technology at home (ACTRN12616000051448). A therapist remotely monitored exercise adherence, progressed goals, and provided feedback via the app. Measures of feasibility (design, recruitment/withdrawals, adherence, safety, participant satisfaction and estimates of effect on function) were collected.

Results: Participants mean age was 73.6 years [SD 9.9 years]. The system was feasible to deliver and monitor exercise remotely. All participants completed the study performing a mean 125% of prescribed sessions and 104% of prescribed repetitions. Participants rated the system usability (78%), enjoyment (70%) and system benefit (80%) as high. No adverse events were reported. Mean pre and post intervention difference in the total short performance physical battery score was 1.4 (95% CI 0.79, 2.00).

Conclusions: It was feasible and safe to prescribe and monitor exercises using an app and sensor-based system. A definitive trial will determine whether such technology could facilitate greater exercise participation after stroke.


Publication title

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation






Menzies Institute for Medical Research


Taylor & Francis

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United Kingdom

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Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)

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