Dr Fu presents the “Taking Charge after Stroke (TACAS)” intervention at the European Stroke Organisation Conference

June 24, 2019


Dr Vivian Fu recently presented her exciting PhD research “Taking Charge after Stroke on a simple but effective intervention which improved patient quality of life, ability to live independently and to perform activities of daily living.

Traditionally stroke research has focussed on the hyper-acute management, in the belief that intervention early on makes the most difference to stroke outcomes. Although many rehabilitation programs have been developed in the past 10 years; none have demonstrated improvements to patient independence or quality of life.

The WHO ICF; a framework to help us understand the effect of a condition on a person’s life. Illustrated by Dr CilĂ©in Kearns

The World Health Organisation has developed the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. This helps us understand how a condition affects a person’s life. The “Taking Charge” session was designed to specifically address these components. It’s a kind of talking therapy which is conducted in a patient’s home on discharge.

Dr Fu’s research provides level 1 evidence from a randomised controlled trial of 400 patients, reproducing previous positive findings from a smaller study of the intervention. Both studies found that patients who had a Take Charge session reported significant improvements in quality of life, ability to live independently at 12 months, and to perform activities of daily living. This effect was enhanced when a patient received two sessions rather than just one.

You can watch the full ESOC presentation here: https://cdn.simul-europe.com/esoc2019/bart-2.mp4

Taking Charge after Stroke free resources are available here: https://mrinz.ac.nz/programmes/stroke/

If you would like to enquire about the resources and how to use them, please contact harry.mcnaughton@mrinz.ac.nz