Family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India: the ATTEND trial, study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Alim, Mohammed and Lindley, Richard and Felix, Cynthia and Gandhi, Dorcas Beulah Chandramathy and Verma, Shweta Jain and Tugnawat, Deepak Kumar and Syrigapu, Anuradha and Anderson, Craig Stuart and Ramamurthy, Ramaprabhu Krishnappa and Langhorne, Peter and Murthy, Gudlavalleti Venkata Satyanarayana and Shamanna, Bindiganavale Ramaswamy and Hackett, Maree Lisa and Maulik, Pallab Kumar and Harvey, Lisa Anne and Jan, Stephen and Liu, Hueiming and Walker, Marion and Forster, Anne and Pandian, Jeyaraj Durai (2016) Family-led rehabilitation after stroke in India: the ATTEND trial, study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17 (13). ISSN 1745-6215

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Abstract

Background: Globally, most strokes occur in low- and middle-income countries, such as India, with many affected people having no or limited access to rehabilitation services. Western models of stroke rehabilitation are often unaffordable in many populations but evidence from systematic reviews of stroke unit care and early supported discharge rehabilitation trials suggest that some components might form the basis of affordable interventions in low-resource settings. We describe the background, history and design of the ATTEND trial, a complex intervention centred on family-led stroke rehabilitation in India.

Methods/design: The ATTEND trial aims to test the hypothesis that a family-led caregiver-delivered home-based rehabilitation intervention, designed for the Indian context, will reduce the composite poor outcome of death or dependency at 6 months after stroke, in a multicentre, individually randomized controlled trial with blinded outcome assessment, involving 1200 patients across 14 hospital sites in India.

Discussion: The ATTEND trial is testing the effectiveness of a low-cost rehabilitation intervention that could be widely generalizable to other low- and middle-income countries.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Caregivers, Costs, Disability, Rehabilitation, Stroke
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Medicine > Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing
Identification Number: 10.1186/s13063-015-1129-8
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2016 14:34
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2017 09:27
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38009

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