Lauren Christie - Multidisciplinary Research Grant 2
ReCITE (Remote Constraint Induced Therapy of the upper Extremity): An implementation study
Constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) is a highly effective intervention for arm recovery after stroke. CIMT is recommended in the national stroke guidelines, yet less than 12% of eligible stroke survivors receive CIMT. Telehealth, as an alternative model for CIMT delivery, will provide opportunities to further increase CIMT uptake by clinicians and reach remote stroke survivors. TIDE is a group of occupational therapist, physiotherapists and researchers worldwide who have created a free downloadable resource for CIMT practice, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will be used by clinicians within this project. The study includes investigating the effectiveness of the TeleCIMT platform in improving mobility in stroke survivors, assessing if the results are consistent with previous research and determining the feasibility of completing a three week TeleCIMT remote support program. The current study if successful, may be broadened to state and national levels to improve stroke therapy and may be applied to other patient populations (eg. traumatic brain injuries) to improve the delivery of evidence-based stroke rehabilitation to regional and remote communities.