Protocol for a randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of the ‘Care for Stroke’ intervention in India: a smartphone-enabled, carer-supported, educational intervention for management of disabilities following stroke

K. Sureshkumar, G. V.S. Murthy, Hannah Kuper

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Abstract

Introduction The rising prevalence of stroke and stroke-related disability witnessed globally over the past decades may cause an overwhelming demand for rehabilitation services. This situation is of concern for low-income and middle-income countries like India where the resources for rehabilitation are often limited. Recently, a smartphone-enabled carer-supported educational intervention for management of physical disabilities following stroke was developed in India. It was found to be feasible and acceptable, but evidence of effectiveness is lacking. Hence, as a step forward, this study intends to evaluate clinical effectiveness of the intervention through a randomised controlled trial. Methods The objective of the study is to evaluate whether the Care for Stroke' intervention is clinically and cost-effective for the reduction of dependency in activities of daily living among stroke survivors in an Indian setting. This study is designed as a randomised controlled trial comparing people who received the intervention to those receiving standard care. The trial will be pragmatic and outcome assessor-blinded. The primary outcome for the study is dependency in daily living measured by the Modified Rankin Scale (MRS). A total of 266 adult stroke survivors who fulfil the eligibility criteria will be randomised to receive either Care for Stroke' intervention or standard treatment and will be followed up for 6 weeks. The main analyses will compare participants allocated to the Care for Stroke' intervention versus those allocated to the standard treatment group on an intention-to-treat' basis, irrespective of whether the participants received the treatment allocated or not. The dichotomised MRS scores (0-3 and 4-6) in both the groups will be used to calculate the effect estimates with a measure of precision (95% CI) and presented in the results of the trial. Ethics and dissemination The Indian Institute of Public Health-Hyderabad/Public Health Foundation of India - Independent Institutional Ethics Committee and the Ethics Committee of the London School of HygieneandTropical Medicine. Dissemination will be through peer-reviewed publications. Trial registration number Clinical Trial Registry of India CTRI/2017/07/009014.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
JournalBMJ Open
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2018
Externally publishedYes

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