Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University


Researchers develop mobile health app

To understand the current community stroke healthcare landscape, interviews and focus groups were conducted with 28 providers to identify current challenges for community-based stroke care in Ontario along with 10 consultations with 23 key stakeholders involved with Canadian stroke rehabilitation.

MYST technology enables real-time, secure, communication within the full circle of care, including the ability to “alert” all providers about a client’s changing health status. The app provides access to tools that support evidence-informed safety assessments, online access to community resources for clients, and stroke best practice guidelines for home care providers. A pilot study to test the feasibility, acceptability, implementation and effect of the app in supporting a community-based stroke rehabilitation intervention for stroke survivors with MCC, will be conducted this year.

Nancy Matthew-Maich, research coordinator and professor, Mohawk-McMaster-Conestoga BScN Program, said the collaboration between Mohawk and McMaster created a really unique interprofessional blend of skills and abilities – software engineering, occupational therapy, nursing, eHealth, and business. “Moreover, it blends the expertise and thus the best of both worlds in terms of the applied research focus and software development expertise of Mohawk College and academic research expertise proficiency of McMaster University and its Aging, Community and Health Research unit,” she said.

Matthew-Maich added that during the development of the mobile app the opportunities for students were on-going for both college and university students (software engineering, graphic arts, undergraduate BScN, undergraduate psychology, Masters OT, Masters eHealth, and PhD Nursing). “The study created a platform for interprofessional partnerships on many levels and for the interprofessional mix of learners to engage with a truly interprofessional team to innovate timely solutions to current professional practice problems.”

Published on: April 23, 2015

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