Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. How much time will participating in this study take?

We ask for approximately 18-24 hours of your time (including the baseline, follow-up, and the 4-week telerehabilitation program):

  Time Commitment
1 Screening & Consent 30 mins = 0.5 hours
2 Technology Set-Up Orientation 30 mins = 0.5 hours
Baseline Virtual Evaluation Part 1 90 mins = 1.5 hours
3 Baseline Virtual Evaluation Part 2 90 mins = 1.5 hours
Welcome Package and TRAIL Orientation 15 mins = 0.25 hours
4 Intake Session and Home Assessment 30 mins = 0.50 hours
5 4-week Telerehabilitation Intervention 8 x 60-90 mins = 8-12 hours
6 Self-Managed Exercise Sessions 4* x 60-90 mins = 4-6 hours
7 Follow-Up Virtual Evaluation & Exit Survey 90 mins = 1.5 hours
TOTAL Minimum of ~18 – 24 hours


2. Where will the two assessment sessions take place?                              

All assessments will take place virtually.

At the moment, we are recruiting participants in Vancouver. Other sites across Canada will begin enrolling study participants soon, including:

Riverview Health Centre, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3L 2P4

    • Contact: Sepideh Pooyania – spooyania@rhc.mb.ca – 204-478-6219
    • PI: Sepideh Pooyania, MD

Dalhousie University

    • Contact: Melanie Dunlop – melanie.dunlop@nshealth.ca – 902-473-1401
    • PI: Marilyn Mackay-Lyons, PhD

Parkwood Institute

    • Contact: Mitch Longval – mitch.longval@sjhc.london.on.ca – 519-646-6100 ext. 42739
    • PI: Robert Teasell, MD

Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network

    • Contact: Evan Foster – evan.foster@uhn.ca – 416-597-3422 ext. 3362
    • PI: Mark Bayley, MD

Feel free to contact the study coordinator, Sarah Park, at trail.study@ubc.ca if you live in any of these areas and are interested in taking part in the study.

3. What’s in it for me?

You may experience improve their lower extremity function and the amount they use their lower limbs. You may also experience improved health status and balance confidence  As well, the information that we gather will increase our understanding of the feasibility and effects of using telerehabilitation for lower extremity recovery after stroke.

4. Does it matter when I had a stroke?                                                        

For this study, we are recruiting individuals who had a stroke within the past 18 months.

5. What happens if I begin participation, but then decide to withdraw from the study?

Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. You may withdraw from this study at any time without giving reasons.

6. What are the possible harms and side effects of participating?                         

There is a chance that you may feel tired or experience muscle soreness from the measurement session or after completing their telerehabilitation exercises. The soreness should subside with rest. You will be informed to stop any movement that causes great discomfort. You may feel slightly fatigued after completing their exercises, but you should not feel deeply tired or remain fatigued the next day. All sessions will be supervised by a registered physical therapist to ensure your safety, and activities can be modified according to your condition to reduce the risk of falls and injury.

There is a small risk that you might fall during the virtual evaluation sessions. All evaluation sessions will be conducted by a trained physical therapist who will monitor participant movements carefully and may choose to leave out any assessments that are not deemed to be safe. We also require that participants have another person present during the virtual evaluation sessions who is able to provide safety supervision and physical assistance if needed.

Occasionally, answering questions about feelings and experiences may make participants feel uncomfortable. Subjects are not required to answer all of the questions, and may skip any that make them feel uncomfortable.