First and foremost, Happy New Year! It has been a busy winter period for the DREX team with invitations to speak at multiple events, engaging with local stroke groups and NHS trusts, and continuing to support users of the app in their visual training. In this blog we will look more specifically at the two events we attended, engaging with other colleagues in stroke research and presenting our own research.
Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke (OPSYRIS) – Oct 2017
The Organisation for Psychological Research into Stroke (OPSYRIS) holds an annual conference assembling researchers and healthcare professionals from all over the UK working in the area of stroke. This year, the event was hosted by Leeds Beckett University and the DREX team was offered the opportunity to showcase the research we have conducted over the past year. Dr. Stephen Dunne (DREX Project Manager) presented research from his Dunhill Medical Trust funded project promoting the facilitators and removing the barriers to compensatory training following visual loss after stroke. Dr. Dunne presented testimonials and data from the focus groups he has been conducting with stroke survivors, carers and healthcare professionals showcasing the impact of stroke on all parties involved, the main obstacles in a survivors rehabilitation and how occupational therapists are assisting stroke survivors in their journey to regain control of their lives.
Mr Azuwan Musa (DREX Research Postgraduate) also presented preliminary data from the clinical trial exploring whether the benefits of the DREX training are still present in app form but also if there are any differences between these benefits depending on the method of training; tablet vs. computer. The preliminary results suggest that the beneficial effects found in the lab are also present in the DREX app and that the method of training does not impact upon these benefits.
Attending this conference was an inspiring experience; specifically hearing about the wealth of research being conducted for the benefit of stroke survivors, their families and the service that healthcare professionals can provide.
UK Stroke Forum (UKSF) – Nov 2017
The UK Stroke Forum is the UK’s largest multidisciplinary conference for stroke care professionals and stroke survivors. As such, an invitation to talk at a reputable event of this scale was greatly appreciated. Dr. Stephen Dunne presented a talk on the DREX project, an overview of the training and once again discussed the output from the barriers and facilitators project as part of a session with talks addressing improving quality of life with post stroke visual impairment.
The session was chosen to feature in the “Knowledge Hub” directly after the talks; an area of the conference centre where delegates could discuss the talks in more detail face-to-face with the speakers, answering questions and generally forging new potential collaborations. This was an excellent experience and one which resulted in many questions from delegates regarding DREX, the specific benefit that it could have, and where and how we can best utilise the training. “Knowledge cards” were handed out prior to the session talks where delegates could write questions or knowledge they had learnt from the talks on the cards. These cards were then hung in the Knowledge Hub as a point of reference for the speakers to provide further information. DREX was heavily mentioned throughout these cards suggesting the positive impact that the talk had on the many delegates there.
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