Tailored intervention for reducing falls after stroke trial (FAST)

  • Clemson, Lindy (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Dean, Catherine M. (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Ada, Louise (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Scrivener, Katharine (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Lannin, Natasha (Chief Investigator (CI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Stroke survivors fall often with fall rates of more than twice that of the general older population, placing an enormous economic burden on the national health
system and society in general. The aim of Falls After Stroke Trial (FAST) is to test the effect of home-based, tailored intervention to reduce falls. A sample of
community-dwelling stroke (n=370) survivors who have completed formal rehabilitation will be randomly assigned to an experimental group (habit-forming
exercise and safety training), or a control group (usual care). The primary outcome measures will be falls recorded daily by the participants and monitored
monthly by a researcher blinded to group allocation. Secondary outcomes will be balance, self-efficacy, mobility, physical activity, community participation,
health-related quality of life healthcare utilisation and costs. Outcome measures will be collected on admission to the study, at 6 months and 12 months.
Outcome measures and data analysis will be carried out by a researcher who is blinded to group allocation.
Our primary hypothesis is that home-based, tailored intervention will be effective in reducing both the proportion of fallers and rate of falls over a one-year period in stroke.
survivors living in the community.
Short titleFAST
Effective start/end date1/01/1931/12/22