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Europe is developing a decision support and self-management system to inform stroke survivors of the relation between their daily activities and the risk of having a second stroke. The objective is to improve prevention and reduce the number of people who have a second stroke.
Worldwide, 16% of the population will have a stroke at some time in their lives; one person has a stroke every two seconds, and one person dies of stroke every four seconds. In Europe, in spite of the preventive measures implemented by national health systems, the number of stroke victims is set to increase from 1.1 million cases a year in 2000 to over 1.5 million in 2025.
At the same time, between 10% and 13% of cases are secondary strokes, which also have much worse consequences: there is a greater risk of death or more serious disability as a result of a second stroke than for a first stroke.
The risk factors are well known, 90% of stroke or secondary stroke cases could be averted by encouraging people to adopt healthier lifestyles. Among the potential solutions to this problem, self-management tools based on digital technology are especially interesting.
Working together under H2020, the partners involved in the STARR project hope to promote the self-management of stroke risk factors. Based on predictive computer models of stroke risk, they want to develop an affordable system that will be easy to install and to use. This system will be used to keep stroke survivors informed of how their daily activities relate to the risk of having a second stroke: medication intake, physical and cognitive exercises, diet, and social contacts will be proposed using a smartphone app to reduce their risk of secondary stroke. The aim is to improve prevention and reduce the incidence of secondary stroke, as well as to better involve patients in medical decision-taking.
A series of tests are in progress, in the homes of a number of patients in Spain and at a neurological rehabilitation center in France. To make this system available to patients as soon as possible, we already have three firms directly involved in the consortium. They will be able to use the project outcomes to roll out a solution as soon as possible », explained Margarita Anastassova (CEA-List), the project coordinator.
Launched in 2016 under the H2020 framework program, the STARR project (standing for the Decision SupporT and self-mAnagement system for stRoke survivoRs) will run to the end of 2019. The 13 members of the STARR project are coordinated by the CEA. They form a multidisciplinary consortium (Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Luxembourg, Germany, Spain and Serbia) which includes university and industry research facilities in the field of healthcare, man-machine interfaces and detection, as well as social stakeholders such as patients' associations, healthcare players and experts. Three European companies (Inithealth, Blulinea and Magillem Design System), which are members of the consortium, will roll out the results of the project.
The STARR project receives €4,359,450 in funding from the European Union, which includes €817,166 for the CEA.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.