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Creation and pilot testing of StrokEngine: A stroke rehabilitation intervention website for clinicians and families

Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Marc-André Roy, Robert Teasell, Lorie Kloda, Caroline Storr , Liliane Asseraf-Pasin, Anita Menon-Nair
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0177


Objective: There is a gap in the translation of knowledge about stroke between researchers and clinicians. This paper describes the creation and pilot testing of an evidence-based stroke rehabilitation intervention website, StrokEngine (http://www. strokengine. org), which was designed to close this gap.
Design: A within-subject design was used to compare the usability and navigability of StrokEngine vs other search strategies/sites. Each participant searched a well-known stroke website, searched StrokEngine, and performed a free search, with the order of search randomized. A standard questionnaire was used to elicit information on usability and navigability across the 3 searches.
Subjects: A purposive sample of 19 rehabilitation clinicians from Montreal, Quebec, with varied stroke-related treatment experience.
Results: All 19 clinicians gave the highest usability score to StrokEngine (p<0. 05): StrokEngine usability score (mean 43, SD 4) vs the Cochrane Library (mean 26, SD 8), the Royal College of Physicians website (mean 20, SD 5) and a general Internet search (mean 26, SD 7).
Conclusion: This preliminary study on StrokEngine's usability and navigability suggests that it has the potential to be an asset for clinicians who wish to keep abreast of information on intervention effectiveness.

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