ACTIVE AFTER STROKE
EEN ONTWERP VOOR GEZOND GEDRAG
HOW CAN PEOPLE BECOME ACTIVE AGAIN AFTER A STROKE?
Rehabilitation of stroke victims focuses on teaching patients how to deal with their limitations and to function in their own environment as independently as possible. The consequences of the stroke often make it difficult to achieve that goal, such as problems walking or maintaining one’s balance, an increased risk of falling, fatigue, and depression. For stroke patients living at home, these problems can often result in an inactive lifestyle. This leads to a downward spiral of ever-decreasing physical activity, increased need for care, and less independence, which in turn increase the risk of another stroke. Studies have shown that physical activity has a positive effect on patients after a stroke.
In the ACTS research project, we aim to offer physiotherapists tools to get patients active after a stroke, and to keep them active. How can we encourage an active lifestyle for people who have suffered a stroke?
WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT?
ACTS is a collaborative effort by several knowledge institutions: Utrecht University of Applied Science, the Lifestyle and Health research group, Co-Design and Cross-media Communications in the Public Domain, Utrecht University, UMCU Rehabilitation Medicine Knowledge Centre, Rehabilitation Centre De Hoogstraat, and several businesses: DeInteractieOntwerpers (DIO) and Dot Dot Factory BV, the patient association De Hart&Vaat Group, Zorgspectrum Nieuwegein, outpatient physiotherapy practices, and the Regionaal Genootschap voor Fysiotherapie(RGF).
The research project Active After Stroke (ACTS) kicked off on 1 February 2017.
Sander Hermsen, Dirk Ploos van Amstel, Reint Jan Renes, Tim van Eijl (allen PubLab)