Study finds online program helps stroke survivors recover

Online platforms are “a viable and impactful model” for engaging stroke victims in adopting healthier lifestyles, a study has found. File photo by sfam_photo/Shutterstock

Healthier lifestyles recommended for stroke survivors are often easier said than done, but online programs come 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 on April 19 in OLP 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 physical and mental disabilities caused by their caress.

Lifestyle changes, such as reducing or eliminate tobacco and alcohol consumption, increased physical activity, healthy eating, and treating depression and anxiety can significantly improve the quality of life of stroke survivors.

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

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.

Karen O. Fielding