Research Summary

Effectiveness of the ‘Care for Stroke’ Intervention in India, a Smartphone-enabled, Carer-supported, Educational Intervention for Management of Disabilities following Stroke

This study will provide reliable evidence as to whether a smartphone-enabled carer-supported educational intervention can reduce disability and dependency in activities of daily living among stroke patients

This study will be a multi-centre, pragmatic, randomized, outcome assessor-blind, controlled trial. A total of 320 adult stroke patients who fulfil the eligibility criteria will be randomized to receive either ‘Care for Stroke’ intervention or standard treatment. The primary outcome measure is the effect of treatment allocation on dependency measured by the modified Rankin Scale (MRS) (score of 0-2) at 3 and 6 months after randomization. All the trial outcomes will be measured by a blinded outcome assessor at baseline, 3 months and at 6 months after recruitment.

An increase in the prevalence of stroke in India and in other countries will increase the demand for stroke rehabilitation services. The present barriers to accessibility and, the lack of awareness about the problem among those affected widen the gap that has to be bridged. This context warrants the development of innovative rehabilitation interventions that can bridge the gap. ‘Care for Stroke’ is one such strategy for addressing the unmet needs for stroke rehabilitation and for bridging the gap in access to stroke services worldwide.