Stroke research using Wii games console recruits final patient
THE final patient needed for an innovative study into stroke research has been recruited.
The TWIST study (The Wii in Stroke Study) has recruited 101 people across Cornwall to take part in its research project.
Mark Bennett became the 101st patient to sign up to the project.
TWIST is a homegrown Cornish multi-centre study investigating whether using Wii for six weeks after acute stroke can improve arm function in comparison to conventional arm exercises.
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Arm weakness following stroke is common and requires intensive rehabilitation. Repetitive exercises are best to retrain the brain.
Chief investigator for TWIST Dr Katja Adie said: "I'm very proud of the Cornwall Stroke Research Team and stroke survivors and their families. There have been many obstacles to overcome to set up and run the study. The Research and Development Unit at RCHT and Plymouth Clinical trials Unit and trial manager Margie Berrow have been tremendously supportive. Without them all this research study would not have been possible.
"We are hoping that first results of the study will be ready to present in six weeks time when the patients complete their treatment period. We will have to wait for results of the main randomised controlled part of the study until six months follow up is completed. Stroke devastates lives and we are striving to find ways to support people to recover from it as well as they can."