Advances in acute stroke treatment have increased survival and resulted in more people living with chronic disability. There is strong evidence that exercise improves both motor recovery and quality of life for those living with stroke and can also improve or maintain post-stroke cognitive function. The CPSR Knowledge Translation Advisory Committee has identified post-stroke exercise as a high priority, particularly the need to develop and implement community-based exercise programs.

The Brain Canada Foundation in partnership with CPSR recently entered an agreement with the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to examine the implementation and impact of evidence-based, community-based exercise programs. The ‘Stroke Recovery in Motion’ project will use an integrated (participatory) knowledge translation (KT) approach to identify factors that facilitate or hinder uptake of best practices to be better able to accelerate future scaling up of programs.

An experienced, multi-disciplinary team from across Canada including stroke community advisory stakeholders are eager to commence work on this national initiative this summer.