Online program facilitates behavior change in stroke survivors

WEDNESDAY, April 20, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The online “Prevent 2n/a Stroke” (P2S) behavior change intervention improves self-reported global ratings of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of stroke survivors at six months, according to a study published online April 19 in OLP Medicine.

Ashleigh Guillaumier, Ph.D., of Newcastle University in Australia, and colleagues interviewed stroke survivors (mean age, 66 years; 65% male) at baseline (399 patients) and follow-up six months (356 patients) after randomization to a 12-week intervention: the online-only P2S program (199 patients) or a control group provided a list of generic health website addresses (200 patients).

The researchers found that at six months, the difference between the groups in the HRQoL score of the EuroQol visual analogue scale was significantly higher in the intervention group compared to the control group. In the intervention group, significantly more people reported no problems with self-care (odds ratio, 2.17) and usual activities (odds ratio, 1.66) than in the control group. No significant differences were noted between the groups on all other secondary outcomes, including diet quality, physical activity, alcohol consumption, smoking status, mood, functioning physical and independent life.

“Online platforms represent a promising tool for engaging and supporting some stroke survivors,” the authors write. “Future studies should test program adaptations, particularly for people with greater stroke-related disability.”

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