Prevent 2nd Stroke: a pilot study of an online secondary prevention program for stroke survivors

Alexandra M.J. Denham, Sean Halpin, Laura Twyman, Ashleigh Guillaumier, Billie Bonevski

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Objective: The prevalence of modifiable health risk factors and psychological distress following a stroke is high and markedly increase the chance of a second stroke. This study aimed to examine the usability and acceptability of an online secondary prevention program addressing modifiable psycho-behavioural risk factors for stroke survivors. Methods: A pre–post pilot study was conducted in Australia between 2016 and 2017. Participants were recruited through the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry and completed measures of health-related quality of life, physical activity, smoking status, depression and anxiety, alcohol status, nutrition and internet use. Participants also used an online secondary prevention program (Prevent 2nd Stroke) over a two-week period. At follow-up, acceptability and usability of the program were assessed. Results: A total of 18 out of 19 participants reported engaging in multiple health risk behaviours. Participants reported that they were interested in receiving an online program that provided health information (73.7%). Participants indicated Prevent 2nd Stroke was easy to use (63.1%) and that they would recommend the program to other stroke survivors (63.1%). Conclusions: The results indicated that online programs are an acceptable way to address these health outcomes. Implications to public health: Further research is needed to assess the effectiveness of these interventions using powered trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)484-490
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • health behaviour change
  • online program
  • pilot study
  • stroke
  • stroke survivor


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