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Better Living After Stroke through Technology BLAST

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 4R44NR016183-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44NR016183
Amount: $1,369,824.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: 600
Solicitation Number: PA14-071
Solicitation Year: 2014
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-09-29
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-07-31
Small Business Information
1110 LAKE COOK RD STE 167, Buffalo Grove, IL, 60089-1998
DUNS: 141256797
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
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Research Institution
DESCRIPTION provided by applicant Stroke the leading cause of disability cognitive impairment and death in the US imposes significant financial and personal burden The residual effects of stroke affect many aspects of life not addressed by traditional rehabilitation treatments In particular persons with mild stroke typically defined as a stroke with no or sligh motor impairment and a high level of independence in basic activities of daily living often experience emotional problems subtle but significant cognitive impairment and decreased participation in productive social and leisure activity Despite these problems persons with mild stroke are typically discharged to home without further referral to health or rehabilitation services other than follow up with primary care physicians This is a Fast Track SBIR application based on the extensive research results from Drs Baum and Edwards on developing and testing reliable and valid measures of activity participation Activity Card Sort o ACS and cognitive skills supporting performance of simple and complex functional tasks Functional Behavior Profile or FBP These measures have been used to guide treatments to help persons with mild cognitive impairment and their families support functional independence These measures and the results of other studies will be used to build a dynamic online self management tool designed to help persons with mild stroke develop individualized strategies that will support optimal recovery We propose Better Living After Stroke through Technology BLAST to help stroke survivors and family members return back to their productive and meaningful lives by proactively helping both the survivor and caregiver set their activity goals using ACS identifying and addressing the survivors behavioral functional capabilities using FBP recognizing and managing stroke symptoms indicative of secondary stroke risks for both engaging support from online and community resources and offering tailored self management recommendations using evidence based strategies to help them both achieve their activity goals Stroke survivors and caregivers using our BLAST system are expected to have better survivor self efficacy and fewer caregiver concerns In addition both will have better life satisfaction and increased activity and the stroke survivor will have better problem solving task performance and social interaction Specific Phase I Aims collect input from stakeholders on system features perceived usefulness and adoption barriers via focus groups develop the Web based mobile friendly prototype with a user centric design process evaluate system usability usefulness acceptability Phase II Aims enhance and improve the Phase I prototype system and conduct a randomized controlled trial with dyads of stroke survivors and caregivers to confirm our study hypotheses PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE Mild stroke related neurological impairment is increasingly recognized as being consistent with compromised performance and participation as a result of cognitive or executive function impairment Despite what appears to be minimal stroke related impairment the majority of persons with mild stroke report difficulty in returning to pre stroke activities which could result in serious consequences for the individual and also for his her family Our proposed Better Living After Stroke through Technology BLAST is our attempt to help mild stroke survivors and family members caregivers return back to their productive and meaningful lives using these consumer oriented self management concepts

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