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An innovative STRoke interactive virtual thErapy (STRIVE) online platform for community-dwelling stroke survivors: A randomized controlled trial

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Johnson, L and Bird, ML and Muthalib, M and Teo, WP, An innovative STRoke interactive virtual thErapy (STRIVE) online platform for community-dwelling stroke survivors: A randomized controlled trial, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 101, (7) pp. 1131-1137. ISSN 0003-9993 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2020 by the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2020.03.011

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the STRoke Interactive Virtual thErapy (STRIVE) intervention on upper-extremity clinical outcomes in community-dwelling stroke survivors.

Design: Assessor-blinded randomized controlled trial.

Setting: Study screening and testing was conducted in a university clinic. Participants completed the virtual therapy (VT) intervention in a community-based stroke support group setting.

Participants: Of 124 stroke survivors initially assessed, 60 participants were recruited (time poststroke, 13.48.9 y). Participants were allocated to either VT or control group using a block randomization design and were stratified by sex.

Interventions: Participants were randomized to receive 8 weeks of VT or usual care. The intervention consisted of approximately 45 minutes of twice weekly VT training on the Jintronix Rehabilitation System.

Main outcome measures: Between-group differences in the Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity scale and Action Research Arm Test score were joint primary outcomes in this study.

Results: Significant between-group differences for the Fugl-Meyer Upper Extremity scale were seen at the end of the intervention (F1, 1=5.37, P=.02, d=0.41). No significant differences were observed with the Action Research Arm Test. No adverse events were reported.

Conclusions: We demonstrated clinically meaningful improvements in gross upper extremity motor function and use of the affected arm after a VT intervention delivered via a community-based stroke support group setting. This data adds to the contexts in which VT can be used to improve upper limb function. Use of VT in community-based rehabilitation in chronic stroke recovery is supported.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:exercise, stroke technology, upper limb, virtual reality
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Sports science and exercise
Research Field:Exercise physiology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services)
UTAS Author:Bird, ML (Dr Marie-Louise Bird)
ID Code:140265
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2020-08-04
Last Modified:2021-05-19
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