Clinical Research Training Fellowship (2016 funding round)

Dr Vivian Fu
Medical Research Institute of New Zealand
Taking charge after stroke (TACAS)
36 months

Lay summary

My career goal is to become a leading clinical researcher and academic neurologist. Completing a PhD in stroke rehabilitation is crucial to achieving this goal.

My PhD is focused on coordinating a multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the Take Charge session (TCS) on stroke recovery and physical outcomes. A single TCS has been proven effective in Māori and Pacific patients in improving quality of life and functional ability after stroke. It is a simple tool that facilitates patient engagement and empowerment of their condition by setting individual goals and showing ways to achieve them. This is a powerful mechanism for tackling health inequalities beyond sociodemographic barriers and has the potential of reducing post-stroke dependence by 500 people per year.

The TACAS study also allows health providers to continue performance improvement and sharing of ideas through auditing and discussing our post-stroke care practices.

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