In-depth analysis of existing accelerometer data, to characterise patterns of sitting behaviour after stroke

Organisation : University of Edinburgh
Grant Amount : £ 21,284

Sitting behaviour (also known as sedentary behaviour) refers to activities performed whilst sitting e.g. watching TV, travelling by car. Research in the general population has shown that sitting behaviour is associated with poorer health, irrespective of the amount of physical activity performed. Stroke is a major cause of adult disability. We need to better understand patterns of sitting behaviour after stroke, because reducing time spent sitting might improve health outcomes after stroke. We will analyse existing data from accelerometers (small monitors attached to the thigh that record movement) from 80 stroke survivors at 1 month, 6 months and 12 months after stroke, to determine patterns of sitting behaviour (including how much time, how often, when, and for how long, is spent sitting). These analyses will help us work out how best to reduce time spent sitting after stroke.