Effects of a Self-Management Group-Intervention on Participation in Post-Stroke Patients.

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Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

Stroke is defined as a sudden vascular accident that causes brain damage and neurological impairment. Literature shows that a stroke has a negative effect on participation. Self-Management (SM) is defined as health promotion and education programs used mostly for people with chronic diseases, which aim at helping patients to maintain a feeling of wellness. The primary aim of this study is to assess the effectiveness of a group-based SM program for post-stroke patients in a community setting, and its contribution to improving participation, compared to standard care.

Detailed Description

At enrollment eligible patients will be randomized to Intervention + Standard Care or Standard Care group. Within 3 weeks after enrollment all participants will undergo baseline assessment using a predefined set of scales and questionnaires (intervention group will additionally undergo a semi-structured interview). The group-intervention (SM program) will begin after enrollment of at least 4 participants to the intervention group, and within no longer than 5 weeks since enrollment. The intervention will include 12 weekly sessions, each session 2.5 hour long, and will be based on well-known SM interventions that were found effective for stroke patients in the U.S. Standard care will include 'one-on-one' sessions in each paramedical discipline as given regularly in this setting (average of 15-20 sessions per patient). Follow-up measures will be performed within a week after the end of the intervention, and 6 months thereafter, in order to examine long term effectiveness. Outcome measures are questionnaires; change will be assessed by the difference in total score between T1 |(pre-intervention), T2 (post-intervention) and T3 (after 6 months)

Conditions

Interventions

  • Standard Care Behavioral
    Intervention Desc: At enrollment eligible patients will be randomized to Intervention + Standard Care or Standard Care group. Within 3 weeks after enrollment all participants will undergo baseline assessment using a predefined set of scales and questionnaires (intervention group will additionally undergo a semi-structured interview). Standard care will include 'one-on-one' sessions in each paramedical discipline as given regularly in this setting (average of 15-20 sessions per patient). Follow-up assessments will be done at 12 and 36 week to examine long term effectiveness.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Standard Care
    Description: Participants will receive Standard Care only
  • Self-Management group-intervention Behavioral
    Intervention Desc: At enrollment eligible patients will be randomized to Intervention + Standard Care or Standard Care group. Within 3 weeks after enrollment all participants will undergo baseline assessment using a predefined set of scales and questionnaires (intervention group will additionally undergo a semi-structured interview). The group-intervention (SM program) will begin after enrollment of at least 4 participants to the intervention group, and within no longer than 5 weeks since enrollment. The intervention will include 12 weekly sessions, each session 2.5 hour long, and will be based on well-known SM interventions that were found effective for stroke patients in the U.S. Follow-up assessments will be done at 12 and 36 week to examine long term effectiveness.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Self-Management group-intervention
    Description: Participants will receive Self-Management group-intervention + Standard Care

Trial Design

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

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Patient Participation 12 and 36 weeks No
Secondary Self-efficacy for self-management behaviors. 12 and 36 weeks No

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