Journal article

Altering the rehabilitation environment to improve stroke survivor activity: A Phase II trial

Heidi Janssen, Louise Ada, Sandy Middleton, Michael Pollack, Michael Nilsson, Leonid Churilov, Jannette Blennerhassett, Steven Faux, Peter New, Annie McCluskey, Neil J Spratt, Julie Bernhardt

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Environmental enrichment involves organization of the environment and provision of equipment to facilitate engagement in physical, cognitive, and social activities. In animals with stroke, it promotes brain plasticity and recovery. AIMS: To assess the feasibility and safety of a patient-driven model of environmental enrichment incorporating access to communal and individual environmental enrichment. METHODS: A nonrandomized cluster trial with blinded measurement involving people with stroke (n = 193) in four rehabilitation units was carried out. Feasibility was operationalized as activity 10 days after admission to rehabilitation and availability of environmental enrichment. Safe..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: NSW Cardiovascular Research Network, Greater Charitable Foundation Fellows in Stroke Research, Hunter Medical Research Institute, NIH/NCRR Colorado CTSI Grant, and Australian NHMRC/NHF Career Development/Future Leader Fellowship.