A major collaborative research program has now been launched to develop new ways to support self-management by stroke survivors in their homes. Called STARR, (decision support and self-management system for stroke survivors) the new program will target the known risk factors for recurrent stroke, as it is estimated that 90% of recurrent strokes are preventable if the risk factors are managed appropriately.
STARR will develop a modular, affordable, and easy-to-use system, which will inform stroke survivors of the relationship between their daily activities (for example, their medication intake, physical and cognitive exercises, diet, and social contacts) and their risk of having a further stroke.
STARR is run in partnership by a European consortium of researchers and will receive 4.5 million euros from the EU Horizon 2020 research program. The consortium includes stroke survivors and their representatives, commercial healthcare companies, hospitals, as well as sensing technology, privacy and human-machine interaction research groups from seven countries.
The objectives of the project are:
• Find out what patients, careers and clinicians need to support self-management after stroke
• Build a system of sensors and devices to support that self-management
• Make sure that the system is easy to use, unobtrusive and respects the users privacy
• Evaluate how useful the system is and how well it fits the needs of the users
• Boost the use of networks of smart objects for the self-management of health