Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

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New Funding Allows ACHRU Researchers to Test My Stroke Team (MyST) app

A new $250,000 grant from the Max Bell Foundation will enable our researchers to test MyST in a home care setting in Hamilton with 40 stroke survivors. 

When a patient leaves the hospital after a stroke, he or she may need a home care coordinator, a nurse, an occupational therapist, a physiotherapist, and a personal support worker. But there are often crucial delays and gaps in information-sharing among the many different service providers – and between patients and their health care team.

ACHRU researchers have developed My Stroke Team (MyST), a web-based app that will enable home care workers to share information in real time, while also empowering stroke patients to actively participate in their own care.

The ACHRU team developed MyST in 2014-15 with funding from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The app was co-designed with home and community care providers to ensure that it will address key gaps in the delivery of care for stroke survivors.

The $250,000 gift from the Max Bell Foundation will allow the researchers to test MyST in a home care setting in Hamilton with 40 stroke survivors. This pilot study will be led by Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis, and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

“MyST is not simply a piece of technology,” says Markle-Reid, associate professor in the School of Nursing and Canada Research Chair in Aging, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion Interventions. “Our app has a broader purpose – to support the delivery of a new model of interprofessional, community-based stroke rehabilitation.”

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Published on: September 26, 2016

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