Aging, Community and Health Research Group (ACHRU)

McMaster University

Studies & Research

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Study 4

Supporting Evidence-Informed Community Care for Stroke Survivors with Multiple Chronic Conditions through Mobile Health Technologies

Mobile technologies offer a practical strategy to move best practices into health-care provider routines to improve health-care systems and client outcomes in an acceptable, convenient, timely and efficient manner. We will design and build an innovative mobile health (mHealth) solution to support community health-care providers in providing evidence-informed care to older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCC) who have experienced a stroke.

In using a qualitative descriptive design for this study, end users will be engaged in the design of the mHealth application. The mobile application will be web-based with a mobile phone platform. The application will include the following functions: (1) a communication tool for all care providers in the circle of care, (2) the Stroke Management Protocol embedded within a safety framework, (3), safety checklist based on best practices with alerts to relevant professionals as needed, including primary care practitioners, and (4) trending of client status/progress over time. This information will be accessible by health team members, and will provide key metrics, statistics and summarize information in the form of standardized reports to the interprofessional team as needed. This innovative technology has great potential to improve evidence-informed care for older adults with MCC and their caregivers.


Community-Based Stroke Rehabilitation: My Stroke Team (MYST) Infographic

Uncovering Usability Issues Using the Think Aloud Method: A Mobile e-Health Solution in Home Care Infographic

Publication in Journal of Medical Internet Research

Research Brief

My Stroke Team App (MyST) Video


  • Nancy Matthew-Maich
    Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
    Health Science Research & Innovation
  • Duane Bender
    Professor, Software Engineering Technology
    Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology
    Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Christy Taberner
    Innovation Professor
    Mohawk College Applied Research Centre
    Faculty Health Sciences
  • Maureen Markle-Reid
    Canada Research Chair in Person-Centred Interventions for Older Adults with Multimorbidity and their Caregivers
    Professor, McMaster University School of Nursing
    Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI)
  • Jenny Ploeg
  • Amiram Gafni
  • Ruta Valaitis
  • Lauren Harris
  • Lisa Chalkin
  • Mercedes Ehman
  • Tom Sawyer
  • Cage Van Raay
  • Michelle Ward
  • Khadeeja Sheikh

Publications and Activities relating to this study:

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.

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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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ACHRU Names an Additional Co-Scientific Director

Dr. Ruta Valaitis is the ACHRU’s newest Co-Scientific Director. She is pleased to join Drs. Maureen Markle-Reid and Jenny Ploeg in leading the research program they founded in 2013.

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