Published: Wednesday 12 October 2016
What is the ReTrain study?
The ReTrain study is investigating the effectiveness of a community-based rehabilitation training programme for people who have been affected by stroke.
The training programme uses ReTrain therapy, which is based on the key principles of the Action for Rehabilitation from Neurological Injury (ARNI) approach. It involves the development of a bespoke training regime for each stroke survivor with the aim of improving their functional mobility to promote and support self-reliance.
The ReTrain study is analysing how well ReTrain therapy can help stroke survivors, their families and carers over the long term following a stroke.
What is a study protocol and why was it published?
Published in the journal BMJ Open, the study protocol for ReTrain outlines why the study was needed, and includes the methods to be used in the study, the resources required and a timeline for completion.
Publication of the study protocol is an example of best practice in research. It acts as a point of reference for other parties, including researchers and organisations interested in the scientific and ethical aspects of the study being conducted.
Who is funding the ReTrain study?
The study is funded by the Stroke Association. It is being supported by the NIHR PenCLAHRC (National Institute for Health Research Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care South West Peninsula).
How did the ReTrain study come about?
ReTrain came about following an idea from a stroke survivor which was shared with the NIHR PenCLAHRC.