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Trial registered on ANZCTR

Registration number
Ethics application status
Date submitted
Date registered
Date last updated
Date data sharing statement initially provided
Date results information initially provided
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
The Carers' Count study ; an evaluation of the implementation of an exercise group for inpatient stroke survivors and their carers
Scientific title
The Carers' Count study ; an evaluation of the implementation of an exercise group for inpatient stroke survivors and their carers
Secondary ID [1] 301321 0
Nil known
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
stroke 317519 0
Condition category
Condition code
Neurological 315614 315614 0 0
Other neurological disorders
Stroke 315615 315615 0 0
Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation 315616 315616 0 0
Other physical medicine / rehabilitation
Stroke 315617 315617 0 0

Study type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
Stroke survivors and their carers participated in an exercise program, Carers' Count, whilst on the inpatient stroke ward. The group was conducted 3 times per week from 4-5pm and up to 6 stroke survivors attended at one time. The group involved music therapy and exercises, conducted as a group and facilitated by a physiotherapist. Additionally participants would play games and practice functional activities such as sit to stand practice , with their carer facilitating. There was an emphasis on discussing neuroplasticity and how the recovery can be optimised through practice outside of therapy times. In one session each week the music therapist attended and played the guitar and sang songs. On the other sessions the attendees could choose favourite songs from a playlist. The participants performed some basic exercises as a group such as squats, seating arm and leg exercises with theraband and weights and sit to stand practice. Each participant also had an individual exercise program which was written by their treating therapist - at time during the group the carers facilitated these individual exercise programs. The patient was able to participate in the group until discharged form hospital.
Intervention code [1] 317619 0
Intervention code [2] 317807 0
Treatment: Other
Comparator / control treatment
no control group
Control group

Primary outcome [1] 323852 0
Stroke survivor satisfaction
Timepoint [1] 323852 0
Survey in first week of participation (designed by the researcher)
Interview one moth post-discharge
Primary outcome [2] 323957 0
Carer satisfaction
Timepoint [2] 323957 0
survey after one week of participation (designed by the researcher), interview one month following discharge
Secondary outcome [1] 383050 0
dosage of therapy
Timepoint [1] 383050 0
at completion of study, calculation of mean therapy times on group days and non-group days (via electronic medical records)
Secondary outcome [2] 383435 0
staff satisfaction
Timepoint [2] 383435 0
Focus group 2 months after study commenced. Qualitative analysis of transcripts to produce themes

Key inclusion criteria
Diagnosed with stroke
Carer available to attend
Appropriate to participate in a group (determined by treating therapist)
Anticipated length of stay >10 days
English speaking (or have a carer to translate)
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Key exclusion criteria
Carer not available to attend
Inappropriate to participate in a group (determined by treating therapist)
Anticipated length of stay <10 days
Non-english speaking (or no a carer to translate)

Study design
Purpose of the study
Allocation to intervention
Non-randomised trial
Procedure for enrolling a subject and allocating the treatment (allocation concealment procedures)
Methods used to generate the sequence in which subjects will be randomised (sequence generation)
Masking / blinding
Who is / are masked / blinded?

Intervention assignment
Other design features
Not Applicable
Type of endpoint(s)
Statistical methods / analysis
Qualitative analysis- interviews and focus group
Calculation of means of therapy dosage time

Recruitment status
Date of first participant enrolment
Date of last participant enrolment
Date of last data collection
Sample size
Accrual to date
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
Recruitment hospital [1] 16705 0
Flinders Medical Centre - Bedford Park
Recruitment postcode(s) [1] 30304 0
5042 - Bedford Park

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 305758 0
Name [1] 305758 0
Flinders Medical Centre
Address [1] 305758 0
Flinders Drive, Bedford Park,
South Australia 5042
Country [1] 305758 0
Primary sponsor type
Tamina Levy
Flinders Medical Centre - Rehabilitation and Palliative Services
Flinders Drive, Bedford Park,
South Australia 5042
Secondary sponsor category [1] 306193 0
Name [1] 306193 0
Address [1] 306193 0
Country [1] 306193 0

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Ethics committee name [1] 306030 0
The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC EC00188).
Ethics committee address [1] 306030 0
Ward 6c, Room CA219
Flinders Medical Centre
Flinders Drive
Bedford Park 5042
South Australia
Ethics committee country [1] 306030 0
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 306030 0
Approval date [1] 306030 0
Ethics approval number [1] 306030 0

Brief summary
The purpose of this study was to design and trial a group, the Carers Count group, involving the stroke survivor and their carers on a stroke rehabilitation ward which aimed to promote inclusion of carers in rehabilitation and increase therapy dose. Our study aims were to (1) evaluate the implementation of an exercise group for stroke survivors and their carers on a stroke rehabilitation ward and (2) to understand the experiences of stroke survivors and their carers in participating in the group.
Trial website
Trial related presentations / publications
Public notes

Principal investigator
Name 102482 0
A/Prof Kate Laver
Address 102482 0
Flinders University
Sturt Road
Bedford Park 5042
South Australia
Country 102482 0
Phone 102482 0
+61 0882751103
Fax 102482 0
Email 102482 0
Contact person for public queries
Name 102483 0
Mrs Tamina Levy
Address 102483 0
Flinders Medical Centre - Rehabilitation Services
Flinders Drive
Bedford Park
SA 5042
Country 102483 0
Phone 102483 0
Fax 102483 0
Email 102483 0
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 102484 0
Mrs Tamina Levy
Address 102484 0
Flinders Medical Centre - Rehabilitation Services
Flinders Drive
Bedford Park
SA 5042
Country 102484 0
Phone 102484 0
Fax 102484 0
Email 102484 0

Data sharing statement
Will individual participant data (IPD) for this trial be available (including data dictionaries)?
No/undecided IPD sharing reason/comment
What supporting documents are/will be available?
No other documents available
Summary results
Have study results been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Other publications
Have study results been made publicly available in another format?
Results – plain English summary