outREACH system for the delivery of personalized upper extremity assessment and rehabilitation management for stroke patients in sub-Saharan Africa. 80 percent of stroke burden occurs in low and middle-income countries. In sub-Saharan Africa stroke prevalence has doubled in the past four decades causing serious, long-term physical disabilities, and has pervasive negative influences on an individual’s quality of life, participation in society and independence. Evidence shows post-stroke rehabilitation facilitates recovery and improves quality of life and independence.  However, in sub-Saharan Africa there is a scarcity of rehabilitation professionals and access to healthcare is limited by geographical distances.

This study

This study will leverage mHealth technologies to develop a community-based stroke management system in order to enhance access to healthcare. Using an iterative user-centered design approach we developed a community-based tool for the personalized delivery of upper extremity stroke assessment and rehabilitation.

System features