Increasing physical activity in stroke survivors using STARFISH, an interactive mobile phone application: a randomised controlled trial

Increasing physical activity in stroke survivors using STARFISH, an interactive mobile phone application: a randomised controlled trial

Type: Stroke

Grant holder: Dr. Lorna Paul, et al., University of Glasgow

Amount Awarded: £89,999 over three years

Year: 2015 - Ongoing

Stroke survivors are less physically active, leading to health problems and risk of further stroke.  STARFISH is a mobile phone app where people, in groups of four, are represented by fish.  As people walk, the sensors in the phone record their steps, their fish swims and grows larger.  Due to the positive results of the pilot study, the researchers propose a larger scale, four month trial (64 people using STARFISH and 64 control), with outcome measures at baseline, post intervention and two months later.  Outcome measures include physical activity, physical and psychological measures, quality of life and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease.