New funding supports stroke prevention research
The Stroke Foundation has awarded Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Wenbo Peng an Early Career Researcher Seed Grant of $50,000 for her data linkage project on recurrent stroke prevention.
The population-based research project aims to quantify the health services, health outcomes, and medical costs of people with stroke who adopt a healthy lifestyle, generating evidence to demonstrate the impact of a healthy lifestyle on the prevention of recurrent stroke.
“Lifestyle modifications are important for recurrent stroke prevention,” notes Dr Peng. “However, the impact on healthcare utilisation for people with stroke who maintain a healthy lifestyle remains unknown.”
Poor compliance with lifestyle modifications and some clinicians’ lack of confidence in delivering lifestyle advice increase the risk of recurrent stroke.
“I hope that the findings of this project may help empower people with stroke to make necessary lifestyle changes to reduce that risk.”
In addition, the research may aid clinicians and policy-makers in determining whether lifestyle changes are a cost-effective care option for stroke rehabilitation.
The Stroke Foundation’s Research Program aims to support and translate high quality research into changes in practice, policy and knowledge to prevent stroke and improve quality of life for stroke survivors, their families and their carers.
This research has potential to be translated into fundamental outcomes in stroke rehabilitation care via supporting stroke scheduled therapies and/or educational programs.
Collaborators on the project include Professor Jane Maguire, Professor David Sibbritt, Professor Andrew Hayen and Distinguished Professor Jon Adams. Dr Peng would like to acknowledge the support from ARCCIM and the Discipline of Public Health.