“Connecting patients and therapists remotely using technology is feasible and facilitates exercise adherence after stroke”

Dawn B. Simpson, Marie-Louise Bird, Coralie English, Seana L. Gall, Monique Breslin, Stuart Smith, Matthew Schmidt, Michele L. Callisaya

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Purpose: Repetitive task practice after stroke is important to improve function, yet adherence to exercise is low. The aim of this study was to determine whether using the internet, a tablet application, and a chair sensor that connected to a therapist was feasible in monitoring adherence and progressing a functional exercise at home. Methods: Ten participants with stroke completed a 4-week sit-to-stand exercise using the technology at home (ACTRN12616000051448). A therapist remotely monitored exercise adherence, progressed goals, and provided feedback via the app. Measures of feasibility (design, recruitment/withdrawals, adherence, safety, participant satisfaction and estimates of effect on function) were collected. Results: Participants' mean age was 73.6 years [SD 9.9 years]. The system was feasible to deliver and monitor exercise remotely. All participants completed the study performing a mean 125% of prescribed sessions and 104% of prescribed repetitions. Participants rated the system usability (78%), enjoyment (70%) and system benefit (80%) as high. No adverse events were reported. The mean pre- and post-intervention difference in the total short performance physical battery score was 1.4 (95% CI 0.79, 2.00). Conclusions: It was feasible and safe to prescribe and monitor exercises using an app and sensor-based system. A definitive trial will determine whether such technology could facilitate greater exercise participation after stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)93-102
Number of pages10
JournalTopics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • adherence
  • exercise therapy
  • rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • technology

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