Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences

New programme award to reduce sedentary behaviour after a stroke

Feb 2017: Congratulations to CCBS Professor Gillian Mead, who is part of a new £3M NIHR award to develop and evaluate strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour after a stroke.

Gillian Mead

Prof Gillian Mead (Division of Health Sciences and CCBS; pictured right) and Dr Claire Fitzsimons (Physical Activity for Health Research Centre) are part of a team that has been awarded a £3M National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grant for Applied Research. The multidisciplinary team, led by Professor Anne Forster of the University of Leeds and based in Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, also includes other partners from Leeds, Queen Mary University of London and University of Newcastle (Australia).

The programme titled “Development and evaluation of strategies to reduce sedentary behaviour in patients after stroke and improve outcomes”, comprises five interlinked work packages including a large multicentre cluster Randomised Controlled Trial. The study focuses on reducing sitting time in survivors of stroke once they have been discharged from hospital and therapy services.

The research team will be developing a behaviour change intervention through co-production principles, which will be tested in the trial. A mixed-method process evaluation and cost-effectiveness analysis will run in parallel with the trial.

The programme will commence 1st October 2017 for 84 months.

Related links

Prof Gillian Mead Principal Investigator profile

Brain vascular disease research in CCBS

Dr Claire Fitzsimons, University of Edinburgh Physical Activity for Health Research Centre

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) website