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Stroke Outpatients Embrace MyST’s Team Approach and In-Home Visits

If Candace Coe was a quarterback for stroke patients she’d be coordinating a touchdown for stroke recovery with a new offensive team for outpatients.

As a clinical coordinator on the McMaster University, Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) My Stroke Team (MyST) study, she is hearing how reassured and empowered stroke patients and their caregivers are to have help navigating outpatient rehabilitation services.

“The biggest thing I’ve learned is how invaluable it is to have a clinical coordinator for stroke patients,” says Coe, who is an occupational therapist in the neurological outpatient department of the Regional Rehabilitation Outpatient Services (RROS) at Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS). “The stroke system needs to look towards that.”

The ACHRU’s Strengthening Community-Based Stroke Care: A Feasibility Study of a Community Navigation and Rehabilitation Intervention that Includes a Mobile Health Solution. My Stroke Team (MyST), is taking a step in that direction.

HHS has partnered with the ACHRU on the six-month intervention with staggered enrolment. This study involves 30 stroke survivors (> 55 years) who are recovering from a stroke and have two more chronic conditions.

This is a new way of providing outpatient stroke rehabilitation services for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and stroke living in the community, because it involves a stroke team (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology, social work, and registered nurse) who provide regular in-home visits and monthly case conferences, supported by the MyST web-based application (app).

 

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Published on: February 13, 2018

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