Stroke Therapy, Education, Prevention: Telemedicine Outpatient Initiative Trial "STEP TO IT"


Phase N/A Results N/A

Trial Description

This study aims to determine whether patients who have had a stroke caused by a blockage of blood flow to the brain can have medical follow up after they leave the hospital in their home using a camera connected to a computer, also called telemedicine. Patients who have follow-up with telemedicine will be compared with patients following up in the usual way, by coming to clinic, and will have the same expectations for medical care and lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, exercising, and controlling their cholesterol. The study will try to show those stroke patients who live 75 miles or more from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and use a computer for follow up: 1) Will be able to complete the recommended visits using telemedicine in the home as well as those who come to clinic; 2) Will have blood pressures controlled at one year's time as well as those who follow up in the usual way by coming into clinic; 3) The patients followed with telemedicine will be as satisfied with the type of follow up they had as those followed in the usual way in the clinic. In the future, more patients who live at a distance from a major hospital might be able to get quality stroke care follow up using telemedicine if the study finds that telemedicine does meet these goals.



  • Telemedicine Other
    Intervention Desc: Post stroke follow up in home using telemedicine.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Telemedicine
    Description: Telemedicine group
  • Clinic Other
    Intervention Desc: Post stroke clinic group follow up
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Clinic
    Description: Clinic group

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Non-Randomized
  • Masking: Open Label
  • Purpose: Prevention
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment


Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Outpatient stroke follow-up after discharge using telemedicine in the home is feasible as assessed by visit and intervention adherence for patients living outside a 75 mile radius from OHSU. up to 1 year No
Secondary Patients being followed in the telemedicine group will achieve rates of goal blood pressure similar to those being followed in clinic. 30 days, 1 year No