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Feasibility of Better Living After Stroke Through Technology

June 19, 2019


The investigators of this study aim to evaluate the feasibility of Better Living After Stroke through Technology (BLAST) to help stroke survivors and family members return to their productive lives by proactively 1) helping them set their activity goals using Activity Card Sort (ACS), 2) assessing their behavioral/functional capabilities using Functional Behavioral Profile (FBP), 3) recognizing symptoms of potential secondary stroke risks, 4) prompt support from online/community resources, and 5) offering specific self-management recommendations using evidence-based strategies on how to achieve their activity goals and avoid secondary stroke.


Study Information

This is a an interventional single group assignment with the purpose of treatment. There is an estimated 40 participants. The study began on April 25, 2019 and is estimated to be completed by December 31,2019.


Inclusion Criteria


  • All sexes,  ages 55 and older
  • Diagnosis of mild ischemic stroke (NIHSS <6)
  • Three months to five years post-stroke onset (of most recent stroke)
  • The availability of a willing caregiver or supportive individual throughout the intervention
  • Access to a computer or tablet with internet access
  • Discharged from the hospital to the community
  • Able to read, write, and speak English fluently
  • Reside in a community dwelling


Exclusion Criteria


  • History of functional impairment prior to the index stroke — self-reported on the Telephone Screening Form
  • Current diagnosis of a severe psychiatric disorder
  • Current drug/alcohol abuse
  • Terminal illness
  • Montreal Cognitive Assessment score of less than 23
  • Direct verbal cue required for EFPTe test
  • Severe depressive symptoms as indicated on the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9 score greater than 19)
  • Any thoughts of harming themselves or others as indicated on question #9 of the PHQ-9



You may participate in this study at the University of Missouri: Department of Occupational Therapy in Columbia, Missouri, United States, 65211. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Meredith Spiers, MA at 573-882-7085 or at



This clinical trial is sponsored by the University of Missouri-Columbia with BrightOutcome, Inc. and National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) as collaborators. Timothy Wolf, OTD, PhD of the University of Missouri-Columbia serves as the Principal Investigator.

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