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Caregivers of severe stroke patients empowered by a digital support application

Caregivers of severe stroke patients empowered by a digital support application
Learn more about the 100th Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
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Caregiving for stroke patients is a massive undertaking for any family member. The complexity of the condition coupled with limited time resources and overall stress. An IRB-approved validation trial at the Ida-Viru Central Hospital in Estonia focused on empowering caregivers to deliver effective nursing and rehabilitation protocols in the home setting via a novel digital support interface and showed significant improvements in reducing caregiver stress burden.

 

The 100th Annual Conference of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine #acrm2023 provided some unique perspectives on where rehabilitation research and solutions are heading.

CoNurse was highlighted in connection with recently completed research on “Nursing -Based Educational and Digital -Assisted Support for Severe Ischemic Stroke Patients’ caregivers”, co-authored by Katrin PõldEvelin KruusaluKarmen Markov and Jekaterina Tolmacheva. This IRB-approved #RCT study was carried out within the stroke patient pathway project funded by Tervisekassa (Estonian Health Insurance Fund) and study participants patients recruited at Ida-Viru Central Hospital.

Some quick take-aways from the conference:

– multidisciplinary therapy is gaining more attention and yielding better results;

– intensive physical therapy, aphasia treatments ( SpeakTX ) and caregiver empowermentare all contributing to better clinical outcomes;

– stroke trials continue to suffer from low numbers in participants affecting both significant relevance and increased proportional variance;

– clear RoI from caregiver empowerment can be demonstrated for health systems;

– ACRM | American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine task forces and networking groups are an excellent resource to get involved and contribute to a good cause!

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