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Stroke

Stroke

The Taking Charge After Stroke (TaCAS) study has now been completed, randomising 400 people within 16 weeks of acute stroke and following them up at 6 and 12 months. This multicentre trial took place at 7 sites across New Zealand (a catchment population of 2.4 million people, representing more than half the country) tested the novel ‘Take Charge intervention’ in addition to usual best practice stroke rehabilitation. The Take Charge intervention is a ‘talking therapy’ and aims to facilitate self-rehabilitation after stroke.

 
The main results and cost analysis will be presented at the European Stroke Organisation Congress in Milan, Italy by Dr Vivian Fu and Dr Harry McNaughton 22-24 May 2019. We hope to publish these results during 2019 and will post the links to these articles when they appear.
 
The Take Charge intervention is straightforward to learn and use. The booklet and training manual are available here to download. Please address any questions regarding use of the intervention to Dr Harry McNaughton at harry.mcnaughton@mrinz.ac.nz 
TaCAS resources download link

Click image to download the resource pack. Contents: TaCAS training manual (PDF), TaCAS study booklet (PDF + editable Word doc)

 
We would like to develop a database of clinicians, researchers, and stroke advocacy organisations interested in using Take Charge and/or developing resources like it. If you wish to join such a database please email Dr McNaughton. 
 
We plan to make an anonymised dataset from the TaCAS study available on reasonable request within the next 6 to 12 months.