Risk factor management in survivors of stroke: a double-blind, cluster-randomized, controlled trial
Amanda G Thrift, Velandai K Srikanth, Mark R Nelson, Joosup Kim, Sharyn M Fitzgerald, Richard P Gerraty, Christopher F Bladin, Thanh G Phan, Dominique A Cadilhac
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF STROKE | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Comprehensive community care has the potential to improve risk factor management of patients with stroke or transient ischaemic attack. AIM: The primary aim is to determine the effectiveness of an individualized management program on risk factor management for patients discharged from hospital after stroke. DESIGN: Multicentre, cluster-randomized, controlled trial, with clusters by general practice. Participants are randomized to receive intervention or control after a baseline assessment undertaken after discharge from hospital. The general practice they attend is marked as an intervention or control accordingly. All subsequent participants attending those practices are automati..View full abstract
Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry number: ACTRN12608000166370. The authors would like to acknowledge support from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust and the Ivor Ronald Evans Foundation (as administered by Equity Trustees) for funds to conduct a pilot study. This pilot study provided critical procedural information for final protocol development.