Does Discharge from a Stroke Unit to Early Supported Discharge affect the Physical Activity of Stroke Survivors? A Pilot Investigation

Does Discharge from a Stroke Unit to Early Supported Discharge affect the Physical Activity of Stroke Survivors? A Pilot Investigation

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Dr Andrew Kerr, et al., University of Strathclyde

Amount Awarded: £4,993

Year: 2013 - finished

Physical Activity is considered to be important to the recovery of health and independence following a stroke. Whether or not early supported discharge (ESD) has a positive or negative impact on physical activity is unknown. Finding this out would help us understand more about the way ESD influences recovery which could lead to improved patient care and more efficient use of therapy staff. Our plan, therefore, is to measure the physical activity of stroke survivors immediately before and then after discharge from hospital with ESD using a well-established device. As Stroke affects people in different ways we aim to recruit a cross section of the stroke population to explore variations.