Stroke survivor can recover from online program

A healthier lifestyle is recommended for stroke survivors, but it’s often easier said than done. Now online programs are coming to the rescue, according to a new study.

“Online platforms are a viable and impactful model for addressing the health information needs and behavior change challenges of stroke survivors,” said study author Ashleigh Guillaumier of the University of Newcastle in Australia. The study was published April 19 in PLOS Medicine and Guillaumier spoke in a press release.

The researchers noted that most patients in the study had little or no disability, so the study results may not apply to all stroke survivors.

Stroke survivors can face significant challenges due to the physical and mental disabilities caused by their stroke.

This study included nearly 400 adult stroke survivors who completed a telephone survey and then either received a list of websites with generic health information (control group) or had access to a program for 12 weeks. called “Prevent 2nd Stroke” (P2S), which encourages users to set goals and track their progress in a number of health behaviors.

Lifestyle changes, such as reducing or eliminating tobacco and alcohol consumption, being more physically active, eating a healthy eating and treating depression and anxiety can significantly improve the quality of life for stroke survivors.

Members of the P2S group also received text messages encouraging the use of the program.

After six months, 356 of the study participants completed a follow-up survey. It showed that those in the P2S group had higher health-related quality of life scores than those in the control group.

Compared to those in the control group, significantly higher proportions of people in the P2S group reported having no self-care issues and being able to participate in their usual daily activities.

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Karen O. Fielding