Help co-design a telehealth stroke rehabilitation package

Project Details

Designing a telehealth physical rehabilitation program for people with moderate to severe stroke using an integrated knowledge translation approach

Researchers are looking for stroke survivors, carers and clinicians to help design a package to support physical rehabilitation via the internet.

Participants will take part in 1 or 2 workshops, at home, using videoconference or telephone. The aim is to design a package that meets the needs of people after stroke who require help from another person to attend to daily needs, for example walking, toileting and dressing.

The package will:

  • Help health professionals provide stroke physical rehabilitation using telehealth
  • Help stroke survivors and carers participate in physical rehabilitation using telehealth

Volunteers are needed to make sure the design meets the needs of stroke survivors.

A screenshot of the some of the research team on a zoom meeting

Picture: Some of the friendly faces of the research team. Top (L-R): Associate Professor Cathy Said, Cassie McDonald, Emily Ramage. Bottom (L-R):  Kevin English, Gary McKay

What is telehealth?

Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare through technology where clinicians and patients are located separately. It can include:

  • ordinary phone calls,
  • videocalls where health professionals and patients can see and hear each other live,
  • electronic mail and messaging,
  • other technologies.

Why is this research being done?

COVID-19 has led to reduced access to rehabilitation for stroke survivors. Telehealth is being used more but traditional stroke rehabilitation for people who require help from another person to attend to their daily needs (for example walking, toileting and dressing) relies on physical assistance from therapists and special equipment. Researchers at the University of Melbourne are designing a package for clinicians, stroke survivors and carers to support telehealth rehabilitation.

It is important this package meets the needs of stroke survivors, carers and clinicians. The aim is to create a package that is accessible and can support people to participate in safe and effective rehabilitation.

Who can participate in this research?

  • People who have had a stroke and are over the age of 18 years
    • Able to participate in a workshop in English via internet video conference or over the phone
    • Required help from another person to attend to their daily needs, for example walking, toileting and dressingafter their stroke
    • Received physical rehabilitation after their stroke
  • Carers of people who had a stroke who meet the above criteria
  • Clinicians with experience providing physical rehabilitation to people with stroke or rehabilitation via telehealth

What will you be asked to do?

Participants will be asked to join 1 or 2 workshops that will run for less than 2 hours. This project will involve people who have had a stroke, carers, health professionals, researchers, and other members of the community involved in stroke rehabilitation. During the workshops you and others in the group will discuss your knowledge, opinions and experiences to create a package to guide telehealth stroke rehabilitation. You will also be asked to answer a few brief questions about yourself.

You can take part in the workshop from home using:

  • an internet video conference,
  • OR
  • a phone call.

Regular breaks will be provided during the workshop.

The workshops will also involve two to three members of the researcher team.

Download participant information statement

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Register your interest

To find out more or to register your interest please contact:

Ms Cassie McDonald on 0460 004 629

Email: cassie.mcdonald@unimelb.edu.au

This study is also inviting people from the Stroke Research Register (Hunter) to participate. To be invited to participate in other studies in stroke rehabilitation and recovery, register here.

Researchers

Research Group

Neurological rehabilitation


School Research Themes

Practice and service improvement, Recovery and Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Physiotherapy

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