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Mobile technology for primary stroke prevention


Krishnamurthi, R and Hale, L and Barker-Collo, S and Theadom, A and Bhattacharjee, R and George, A and Arroll, B and Ranta, A and Waters, D and Wilson, D and Sandiford, P and Gall, S and Parmar, P and Bennett, D and Feigin, V, Mobile technology for primary stroke prevention, Stroke, 50 pp. 1-3. ISSN 0039-2499 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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2018 American Heart Association, Inc.

DOI: doi:10.1161/STROKEAHA.118.023058


Background and Purpose: Feasibility of utilizing the Stroke Riskometer App (App) to improve stroke awareness and modify stroke risk behaviors was assessed to inform a full randomized controlled trial.

Methods: A parallel, open-label, 2-arm prospective, proof-of-concept pilot randomized controlled trial. Participants were randomized to usual care/control or App intervention group and assessed at baseline, 3, and 6 months. The App measures stroke risk and provides information on management of risk factors. Participants were aged >19 years with at least 2 modifiable stroke risk factors identified, no prior stroke, and owned a smartphone.

Results: Fifty participants (24 control, 26 App) were recruited from 148 eligible participants. Retention in the trial was 87%. Mean cardiovascular health (Life's Simple 7) improved by 0.36 (95% CI, -2.10 to 1.38) in the App group compared with 0.01 (95% CI, -1.34 to 1.32) in controls ( P=0.6733).

Conclusions: These findings support a full randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of the Stroke Riskometer for primary stroke prevention.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:awareness, primary prevention, risk factors, smartphones, stroke
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Gall, S (Associate Professor Seana Gall)
ID Code:131167
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2019-03-05
Last Modified:2020-12-18

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