Keep moving after (stroke) rehabilitation; Smart together in primary care

Rehabilitation after stroke involves an structured programme of activities with high intensity. After discharge from rehabilitation, it is important for patients to stay physically active to maintain the achieved results and to prevent lifestyle related diseases. Yet, many patients struggle to become of stay physically active after returning to their home environment, in which a structured programme is no longer available. This results in a decline of physical capacity an subsequent problems with daily activities and participation.

Patients experience various barriers to stay active, such as physical limitations, lack of social support or emotional and behavioural factors. In addition, factors in the (home) environment and patient’s financial situation may contribute  to low activity levels. Thus, physical activity is an multifactorial problem which requires an interdisciplinary approach. Yet, people with a stroke have limited access to interdisciplinary teams in primary care settings. In Twente several primary healthcare professionals have already started the formation of a network around stroke rehabilitation in the home setting. These professionals experience barriers for interprofessional collaboration.

In this project students will develop a tool to facilitate primary care professionals in an interdisciplinary approach to coach and to stimulate stroke patients to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle after discharge from (inpatient) rehabilitation.

Cluster: Keep on moving

This project contributes to the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):