Analysis of the local contexts

There is a lack of unified data about stroke and stroke outcomes. Europe-wide comparisons of stroke and stroke care are vital to help each country provide better care and support for everyone affected by stroke. To make accurate comparisons between different countries, populations and health systems we need agreed and coordinated transnational European data collection, to be conducted taking into account and actively involving the perspective of European stroke survivors and patient organisations. 

For these reasons, project partners will carry out an analysis of the local context of the participating countries taking into account: stroke epidemiology, organization of national health service, stroke management, post-stroke rehabilitation paths and post-stroke rehabilitation structures to verify the development of physical activity programs in stroke and the local unmet needs

Identification of good practices

Each partner will identify good practices in the project field, exploring in its country promoting and inhibiting factors of physical activity in stroke patients through an analysis of successful and unsuccessful local experiences and based on a wide literature review of international publication databases to imagine for the different European local contexts cost-effective and applicable solutions.

Definition of Golden rules for physical activity in European stroke patients

Based on the results of the analysis of the local context, identification of good practices, the project partners will prepare the framework of a document summarising ther Golden rules for physical activity in European stroke patients.

 “Golden rules” will be the rules to respect when performing physical activity programs with stroke patients, the do’s and don’ts list; afterward design, deliver and evaluate different approaches to physical activity in long-term post stroke, offering to the patients different opportunities according to their preferences and to their personnel sports history.

Organisation of a train the trainers course in Rome (IT) for health care professionals and physical activity professionals and national replications of the course

Based on the results of the analysis of the local context, identification of good practices and the definition of Golden rules for physical activity in European stroke patients, the educational activities will be implemented. The Train the Trainers (TtT) methodology will be used to implement educational activities through the organization of a training course Master for healthcare and sports professionals working in the selected countries. At the end of the course, these professionals will be able to train other professionals in their countries.

Some of the topics that will be discussed during the course will be:

  • Stroke (principles of epidemiology, pathophysiology, treatments, rehabilitation)
  • Physical activity in special population (training methodology, communication abilities)
  • Effects of physical activity on stroke (aerobic, resistance, flexibility training)
  • From theory to practice: the selection of candidates, the importance of patient evaluation tests, exercise prescription, the importance of tailorization, outcome measures, the importance of safety
  • Patients point of view: individual, familiar and societal impact, differences within Europe, the importance of lobbying and networking

A digital platform will be available for all the users of the participating countries interested in the training on the project issues. This tool will assure a constant updating and support in the replication of the training courses in each local context and a high dissemination of the project contents in a cost-effectiveness way.