‘Care for Stroke’, a web-based, smartphone-enabled educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following stroke: Feasibility in the Indian context

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Introduction Stroke rehabilitation is a process targeted towards restoration or maintenance of the physical, mental, intellectual and social abilities of an individual affected by stroke. Unlike high-income countries, the resources for stroke rehabilitation are very limited in many lowincome and middle-income countries (LMICs). Provision of cost-effective, post-stroke multidisciplinary rehabilitation services for the stroke survivors therefore becomes crucial to address the unmet needs and growing magnitude of disability experienced by the stroke survivors in LMICs. In order to meet the growing need for post-stroke rehabilitation services in India, we developed a web-based Smartphoneenabled educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following a stroke. Methods On the basis of the findings from the rehabilitation needs assessment study, guidance from the expert group and available evidence from systematic reviews, the framework of the intervention content was designed. Web-based application designing and development by Professional application developers were subsequently undertaken. Results The application is called ‘Care for Stroke’. It is a web-based educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following a stroke. This intervention is developed for use by the Stroke survivors who have any kind of rehabilitation needs to independently participate in his/her family and social roles. Discussion ‘Care for stroke’ is an innovative intervention which could be tested not just for its feasibility and acceptability but also for its clinical and cost-effectiveness through rigorously designed, randomised clinical trials. It is very important to test this intervention in LMICs where the rehabilitation and information needs of the stroke survivors seem to be substantial and largely unmet.

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Sureshkumar, K., Murthy, G. V. S., Munuswamy, S., Goenka, S., & Kuper, H. (2015). ‘Care for Stroke’, a web-based, smartphone-enabled educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following stroke: Feasibility in the Indian context. BMJ Innovations, 1(3), 127–136. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjinnov-2015-000056

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