Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Studies and Research

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core Study 8

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)

The aim of this study is to determine the feasibility, potential effectiveness, and implementation of a new web-based mobile application, My Stroke Team (MyST), to support hospital-based community outreach management and prevention for older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC).

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) has partnered with the Aging Community and Health Research Unit (ACHRU) on the six month intervention with staggered enrolment. The study continues for approximately 12 months to obtain a sample of 30 patients who are older than 55, who have two other chronic conditions and are recovering from a stroke. A dedicated inter-professional team (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech language pathology, social work, and registered nurse) provides stroke rehabilitation services, vascular disease prevention and management through regular in-home visits to participants for six months.

The overall goal of the mobile technology (MyST) is to support:

  • Patient and family-centred care
  • Collaborative practice through real-time communication and decision-making among hospital, clients, and family caregivers to enhance community reintegration
  • A proactive comprehensive approach to care that focuses on health promotion and disease prevention
  • The use of best practices for hospital and community-based management of vascular disease and MCC
  • Linkage and referral to home and community-based services
  • Empowerment of clients to take a lead role in the self-management of their health, stroke recovery prevention and management as well as other chronic conditions through the use of strength-based practice.


Study Partner: Hamilton Health Sciences

Funders: Max Bell Foundation, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Catalyst Fund

MyST was developed with support from the MOHLTC Health System Research Fund, click here to link to ACHRU Study 4 


Community-based Stroke Care: Evaluating a Mobile App (MyST) Video

  • Maureen Markle-Reid
    Associate Professor
    McMaster University School of Nursing
    Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
  • Ruta Valaitis
    Associate Professor
    McMaster University
    School of Nursing
  • Jenny Ploeg
  • Amiram Gafni
  • Lehana Thabane
  • Duane Bender
  • Christy Taberner
  • Nancy Matthew-Maich
  • Norm Archer
  • Amy Bartholomew

Publications and Activities relating to this study:

ACHRU Scientific Directors Share on Stroke App at Tech Event

Maureen Markle-Reid and Ruta Valaitis presented their mobile application for stroke rehabilitation with researchers, graduate students and industry partners at a Technology & Design for Optimal Aging event at McMaster University last week.

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My Stroke Team (MyST) app in the Globe and Mail

The ACHRU’s MyST app is included in the special feature of the national newspaper with researchers from the McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA).

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Celebrate Nursing Week 2016 by video on ACHRU key research principles

Did you know one of the key principles of ACHRU research is an inter-professional nurse-led team based approach to patient care? Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg and the ACHRU research team invite you to celebrate Nursing Week 2016 by watching our video on ACHRU key research principles.

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