Sunnaas International Network´s Stroke Study


A descriptive study of the stroke rehabilitation content in specialized clinics in seven countries: procedures for admission to rehabilitation, services available and provided to patients, as well as duration of the stay and discharge routines. An observational study of changes in regard to the physical function, quality of life and psycho-social factors in stroke patients before and after specialized rehabilitation

Full Title of Study: “A Prospective Multicenter Study of Stroke Rehabilitation in Seven Countries: Norway, China, USA, Russia, Israel, Palestine, and Sweden.”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Observational
  • Study Design
    • Time Perspective: Prospective
  • Study Primary Completion Date: December 2014

Detailed Description

The descriptive study is two folded:

1) Description of the rehabilitation centers and the content the respective clinic presents as specialized rehabilitation.

A description of the expected change this input will result in in form of patients change in ADL and life satisfaction, with repeated measurements:

2a) reports of change in activities of daily living from baseline, to one fixed time (18-22 days in rehab),at discharge (which will vary),6 and 12 months post discharge (relatively fixed time) .

2b) reports of possible change in life satisfaction at baseline, discharge, 6 and 12 months after discharge.

Since the times for admission is expected to vary, which will be described under 1),we also want to measure if and how this difference might influence results. Therefore a fixed measure is inserted between admission and discharge. we have added a "relatively" fixed date at 6 months post stroke in order to see if change of function from specialized rehabilitation will differ in a longitudinal perspective, and if possible to see if the difference in time to admission (time from debut till admission in specialized rehabilitation)might influence results.

3) description of psycho- social factors at 6 and 12 months post discharge


  • Other: rehabilitation
    • Description of specialized rehabilitation and Influence on activities, life satisfaction, psycho social aspects 6 and 12 months post discharge

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • stroke patients
    • specialized rehabilitation in a multidisciplinary team, Sunnaas International Network

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • activities of daily living
    • Time Frame: patients will be followed 6 months from baseline testing
    • Changes in Activities of daily living are monitored as an indirect evaluation of how the specialized rehabilitation may influence patients’ outcomes.

Secondary Measures

  • The Life Satisfaction checklist (LiSat-11)
    • Time Frame: patients will be followed 6 months from baseline testing
    • LiSat-11 consists of patients estimations of satisfaction with life as a whole as well as satisfaction in ten specific domains: vocation, economy, leisure, contacts, sexual life, activities of daily living (ADL), family life, partner relationship, somatic health, psychological health

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • primary diagnosis of stroke, in need of specialized comprehensive rehabilitation, voluntary participation

Exclusion Criteria

  • sub-arachnoid hæmorrhage, tumor or other severe medical condition in combination with stroke that will influence outcomes

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: 18 Years

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: No

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Collaborator
    • China Rehabilitation Research Center
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Birgitta Langhammer, Associate professor/ project manager – Sunnaas Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Overall Official(s)
    • Johan K Stanghelle, PhD, MD, Study Director, Sunnaas rehabilitation hospital, University of Oslo

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