A Trial of Nature-based Post-stroke Fatigue Rehabilitation (NASTRU) "NASTRU"

Active, not recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

The aim of NASTRU was to examine whether ten weeks of nature-based rehabilitation, as add-on to standard management, could influence post-stroke fatigue (primary outcome), depression, work ability or functional outcome (secondary outcomes), compared to controls.

Detailed Description

Patients randomized to the intervention undergo a rehabilitation program in groups up to 8 patients in an especially designed garden at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. The intervention is grounded in environmental psychology and occupational therapy, supported by a multimodal rehabilitation team that utilizes the garden/nature for sensory stimulation, body awareness, meaningful occupations and nature experiences.
The enrollment of 101 patients (51 intervention; 50 control) was completed on August 2014. Follow-up is on-going, with assessments by examiner blinded to treatment group, at end of intervention period, 8 months, and 14 months after randomization. A parallel study with qualitative in-depth interviews in a subset of patients, who were randomized to the intervention group, as well as the staff, is also ongoing.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Nature based rehabilitation Other
    Intervention Desc: ten weeks of nature-based rehabilitation, as add-on to standard management. A rehabilitation program in groups up to 8 patients in an especially designed garden at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. The intervention was grounded in environmental psychology and occupational therapy, supported by a multimodal rehabilitation team that utilized the garden/nature for sensory stimulation, body awareness, meaningful occupations and nature experiences.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Nature based rehabilitation
    Description: ten weeks of nature-based rehabilitation, as add-on to standard management
  • Standard management after stroke Other
    Intervention Desc: standard management after stroke is individualised.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Treatment as usual
    Description: standard management after stroke

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Double Blind (Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Post stroke fatigue 8 months after inclusion No
Primary Occupational value of everyday occupation 8 months after inclusion No

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