Heron, N, Kee, F, Mant, J, Cupples, ME and Donnelly, M (2019) Rehabilitation of patients after transient ischaemic attack or minor stroke: pilot feasibility randomised trial of a home-based prevention programme. British Journal of General Practice, 69 (687). e706 - e714. ISSN 1478-5242

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BACKGROUND: Although the importance of secondary prevention after transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke is recognised, research is sparse regarding novel, effective ways in which to intervene in a primary care context. AIM: To pilot a randomised controlled trial (RCT) of a novel home-based prevention programme (The Healthy Brain Rehabilitation Manual) for patients with TIA or 'minor' stroke. DESIGN AND SETTING: Pilot RCT, home-based, undertaken in Northern Ireland between May 2017 and March 2018. METHOD: Patients within 4 weeks of a first TIA or 'minor' stroke received study information from clinicians in four hospitals. Participants were randomly allocated to one of three groups: standard care (control group) (n = 12); standard care with manual and GP follow-up (n = 14); or standard care with manual and stroke nurse follow-up (n = 14). Patients in all groups received telephone follow-up at 1, 4, and 9 weeks. Eligibility, recruitment, and retention were assessed; stroke/cardiovascular risk factors measured at baseline and 12 weeks; and participants' views were elicited about the study via focus groups. RESULTS: Over a 32-week period, 28.2% of clinic attendees (125/443) were eligible; 35.2% of whom (44/125) consented to research contact; 90.9% of these patients (40/44) participated, of whom 97.5% (39/40) completed the study. After 12 weeks, stroke risk factors [cardiovascular risk factors, including blood pressure and measures of physical activity] improved in both intervention groups. The research methods and the programme were acceptable to patients and health professionals, who commented that the programme 'filled a gap' in current post-TIA management. CONCLUSION: Findings indicate that implementation of this novel cardiac rehabilitation programme, and of a trial to evaluate its effectiveness, is feasible, with potential for clinically important benefits and improved secondary prevention after TIA or 'minor' stroke.

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Additional Information: The final version of this accepted manuscript can be accessed at https://bjgp.org/content/69/687/e706
Uncontrolled Keywords: cardiac rehabilitation, pilot study, secondary prevention, stroke, transient ischaemic attack
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Primary, Community and Social Care
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2019 08:32
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2020 01:30
URI: https://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/7021

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