Research Study

Linked Lives - A Couples Approach to Health Behaviors Post Stroke (PULSE)
Principal Investigator 
Christiane Hoppmann


Body Locations and Systems 
Diagnosis and Therapy 
Stroke Rehabilitation
Study Start/End 
May 29, 2017 to Dec 31, 2019
Centre for Hip Health and Mobility
Theresa Pauly, Study Coordinator
Email Address
Purpose of Study 

Health behaviors like physical activity and nutritious eating habits significantly reduce initial stroke risk and help prevent strokes from reoccurring. Yet, most individuals struggle to meet physical activity and nutrition recommendations. Health and health behaviors are typically linked in couples, and spouses occupy a unique position to facilitate each other’s physical activity and healthy nutrition, thereby reducing stroke risk for everyone involved. 

recruitment poster


You can participate in this study if you or your partner has had a stroke, you are living in the community, and you can walk at least 10 meters (with or without the help of a mobility device).  Because the daily questionnnaires are completed using a tablet computer, you need to be able to read newspaper size print and handle a device the size of a book.  We will teach you everything you need to know about how to use the tablet.  Due to our focus on social relationships, we need you and your partner both to participate.


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