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Feasibility of a remotely supervised home-based group eHealth Fitness and Mobility Exercise program for stroke: French-Canadian version preliminary study

Gagnon, M-A, Batchko, CS, Bird, M-L ORCID: 0000-0001-9642-7196, Labbe, B and Best, KL 2022 , 'Feasibility of a remotely supervised home-based group eHealth Fitness and Mobility Exercise program for stroke: French-Canadian version preliminary study' , Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation , doi: 10.1080/10749357.2021.2012008.

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Background The numerous barriers to community-based physical activity programs have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, especially among individuals with disabilities. eHealth programs may provide an alternative approach to address the physical activity needs of stroke survivors, but little is known about their feasibility or acceptance.Objective The aims of this study were to 1) evaluate the feasibility of a remotely supervised home-based group eHealth program called Fitness and Mobility Exercise (FAME@home); 2) explore the influence of FAME@home on physical condition, mobility, self-efficacy, depression and anxiety; and 3) describe participants’ satisfaction and experiences.Methods A pre-post pilot study was used to recruit stroke survivors (>1 y post stroke) to complete a 12-week (2 days/week) eHealth program in small groups (n = 3). Feasibility indicators were assessed for process (e.g. inclusion criteria), resources (e.g. ability to use technology), management (e.g. major challenges), and treatment (e.g. influence on clinical outcomes and adverse events).Results Nine participants were recruited with a mean (SD) of 60 (13) years of age and 7 (4) years post-stroke; eight completed the program. FAME@home was feasible for indicators of process, management, and treatment. Minor considerations to improve resources were suggested (i.e. support for technology use). There were statistically significant improvements in mobility after completion of FAME@home and 100% of the participants reported satisfaction. No adverse events occurred.Conclusion FAME@home was feasible to deliver as a remotely supervised group exercise program to community-dwelling stroke survivors, with high levels of retention and adherence. FAME@home improved accessibility to exercise and facilitated engagement by having a class schedule and social interaction.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Gagnon, M-A and Batchko, CS and Bird, M-L and Labbe, B and Best, KL
Keywords: exercise, rehabilitation, stroke, technology, physiotherapy, mobility
Journal or Publication Title: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1074-9357
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10749357.2021.2012008
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