The Augmented Community Telerehabilitation Intervention (ACTIV) program using readily accessible technology may be a solution to extending stroke rehabilitation and halting patient’s decline immediately following discharge.
Effectiveness of ACTIV may depend on adherence to the intervention and ongoing participation.
Why this matters
International guidelines recommend that stroke rehabilitation should continue until all goals are reached and maintained; the increased demand for stroke rehabilitation imposes a burden on the limited public health budget.
Usually no further formal rehabilitation (i.e. standard care) is indicated following discharge from rehabilitation services in New Zealand.
ACTIV is a structured 6-month program using limited face-to-face sessions, telephone contact, and text messages to augment stroke rehabilitation and promote self-management.
This trial reports the potential of ACTIV in extending stroke rehabilitation after discharge.