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Stroke

2017 was a significant year for the Stroke/Rehabilitation programme with the completion of recruitment of the Heath Research Council of New Zealand-funded randomised controlled trial ‘Taking Charge After Stroke – the TaCAS study’. This clinical trial tests whether the goal orientated ‘Take Charge session’, developed in a previous clinical trial by the MRINZ, is effective for a wide range of stroke-affected individuals. This multicentre study based in seven district health boards in New Zealand has recruited 400 people discharged to community living after stroke.

Comment: If the results of this study back up the previously positive randomised controlled trial of the ‘Take Charge session’ in Māori and Pacific people with stroke (the MaPSS study, also run by MRINZ), this simple, cheap, safe intervention could make a very significant impact on stroke outcomes in New Zealand and elsewhere.