The Functional Recovery from stroke during rehabilitation in the Cardiff Stroke unit and home environment.



Principal / Lead Investigator
Dr Robert van Deursen

Profesor Alun Preece (COMSC at CU) Dr Allison Cooper (OPAN)

Type of study
Randomised feasibility study and process evaluation

An important aim in rehabilitation is to restore walking activity to regain independence. To understand the stroke rehabilitation process thoroughly, better measurement tools are required that provide information about functional activities from the early stages to full recovery. Although various methods exist, direct continuous measurement of functional activity has been a difficulty. We developed a system using small wearable sensors and bespoke software to continuously detect physical activity and location and did successful pilot studies with healthy people.
This study now aims to measure functional activity in patients recovering from stroke in a Regional Stroke Unit (RSU) and in the home environment. In a number of steps the system will be tested on patients for reliability and validity to optimise computerised determination of functional activities and interactions with others, particularly with healthcare staff. Fifty patients are then measured continuously throughout the rehabilitation period and until 6 months after their stroke as well as activities of the RSU healthcare staff. Changes in activity will be related to other factors measured at intervals until six months after discharge home. Based on this work, further studies are planned to compare different therapy approaches, rehabilitation environments and services to optimise stroke rehabilitation.

Group role / contribution
WSPCR supported

Link with RDG / CSG or similar

Start date
Jan 2011

End date
Dec 2013