University of East Anglia
Keywords: Virtual Reality, Arm, Home-based exercise
Open to: Stroke survivors across the south of England (Hobbs Rehabilitation centre) and Norfolk.
Deadline: 31 March 2024
Research participation requests are sent to the Stroke Association from external research institutions (e.g. universities and hospitals).
We conduct checks on these before promoting but are not involved in their running. This means we cannot comment on trials and have no affiliation with them.
NeuroVirt aims to help arm movement. It uses virtual reality games to motivate you to do your exercises. You will be put in one of two groups randomly (One group will use NeuroVirt for 6 weeks at home and the other will do paper exercises for 6 weeks at home).
People who use NeuroVirt will take part of an online interview at the end of the 6 weeks. Everyone will be assessed (movement tests and questionaires) at the beginning and at the end of the study.
You can participate if you had a stroke (ischaemic or haemorrhagic) at least 3-months previously. You can not participate if you have other neurological diagnoses, any episode of photosensitive epilepsy within the last 12 months, or if you have Cerebral shunts.
One of the consequences of stroke is loss of movement in the arm. An important part of the treatment stroke survivors will receive following stroke is the exercises that will be given to them by their therapist.
Sometimes, though it is hard to stay motivated to do these exercises. The NeuroVirt system is a new Virtual Reality device that has been developed for people after stroke.
This study might help to improve adherence to arm exercises and improve the number of movement repetitions, with the hope of improving arm activity after stroke.
3 total face to face appointments with a clinician: assessments for the arm function and NeuroVirt trainning. Each appointment will take a maximum of 120 minutes.
6 weeks arm home-based self-deliver program with NeuroVirt or normal exercise, and 15 minutes weekly telephone calls with the clinician. We aim for 6 days a week of exercise, sessions of 60 minutes.
NeuroVirt group will also attend an online interview at the end of the study (30min aprox)
Participants will be recruited from across the south of England (Hobbs Rehabilitation centre) and Norfolk.
You can participate if you had a stroke (ischaemic or haemorrhagic) at least 3-months previously.
You can not participate if you have other neurological diagnoses, any episode of photosensitive epilepsy within the last 12 months, or if you have Cerebral shunts.
To compensate for your time in taking part in the study we are able to offer a £50 voucher.
You might experience benefit in their arm after the exercise program, but this is not certain. You can have access to the study results.
For South England/ Hobbs rehabilitation center please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For Norfolk please contact M.Hidalgo-Mas@uea.ac.uk
Research participation helps research teams to test new ideas and approaches by sharing information or trying new approaches in clinical trials.
Taking part in clinical trials can support research to:
- Stop strokes from happening.
- Treat strokes.
- Support people to rebuild their lives.
By taking part in research, you can help us to learn more about stroke and make a difference in the lives of future stroke survivors.
We have produced the Clinical Trials and Stroke booklet to explain more about clinical trials and answer questions you might have about taking part. The booklet was produced with the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
Research Involvement is a different way of contributing to research that involves collaborating with researchers to design decisions about how research is shaped and conducted.
You do not need any research knowledge to do this, your lived experience is what would otherwise be missing. Involvement is about contributing this to shape projects in ways that create most potential to benefit people affected.