Early Electrical Stimulation to Prevent Complications in the Arm Post-stroke - a Feasibility Study "ESCAPS"

Active, not recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Main feasibility RCT eligibility criteria:

Inclusion Criteria

- Patients with a confirmed clinical diagnosis of stroke AND it is their first stroke event to affect their upper limb
- Patients aged 18 years or over
- Impaired arm movement and strength resulting in reduced function, caused specifically by the stroke. (as determined by the arm subsection score of the National Institute for Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS)

Exclusion Criteria

- Patients with a previous history of stroke affecting their upper limb will be excluded as a chronic limb condition from a previous stroke could affect the results
- Patients will also be excluded with peripheral nerve injury of the upper limb; an existing orthopaedic condition affecting the upper limb; fixed contractures at the elbow, wrist or fingers; malignancy in the area of the ES electrode placement; or epilepsy.
- Patients with a cardiac pacemaker or similar implanted device.
- Pregnancy
- Epilepsy
- Undiagnosed pain or skin conditions (i.e. not related to the stroke)
Carer participants for the main feasibility RCT eligibility criteria:
Inclusion Criteria:
- Nominated carer for a patient participating in the feasibility RCT
Exclusion Criteria:
- Non English speaking
Patient and carer interviews eligibility criteria:
Inclusion Criteria:
- Patients or carers who are participating in the main feasibility RCT
- mental capacity to consent and take part in the interview
- Able to understand English
Exclusion Criteria:
- Unable to communicate verbally or in written form
- Non-English speaking
- Aged younger than 18 years
Therapist Focus Discussion Groups:
Inclusion criteria:
- HCPC registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist
- Currently employed by NUH NHS Trust and working on the Nottingham Stroke Unit
- Experience of supporting at least one participant to use the ES intervention