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Stroke Research and Treatment
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4574385, 7 pages
Research Article

Feasibility of a Nurse-Led Weekend Group Exercise Program for People after Stroke

1Department of Health Professions, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Macquarie University, Ground Floor, 75 Talavera Rd, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
2Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital, Locked Bag 1600, Bankstown, NSW 2200, Australia
3StrokeEd, P.O. Box 3105, Regents Park, NSW 2143, Australia

Correspondence should be addressed to Katharine Scrivener

Received 3 November 2016; Revised 22 December 2016; Accepted 5 January 2017; Published 24 January 2017

Academic Editor: David S. Liebeskind

Copyright © 2017 Katharine Scrivener et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Additional physical activity including repetitive task practice can improve outcomes after stroke. The additional practice can be facilitated by therapists and family members or could also be delivered by nursing staff. Objective. To investigate the feasibility of a nurse-led weekend exercise program after stroke. Participants. Individuals after stroke, who participated in a weekend exercise program during their hospital admission. Methods. A retrospective audit of the number of referrals to and amount of exercise repetitions achieved in a nurse-led weekend exercise program was undertaken. The weekend exercise program occurs on each Saturday and Sunday for one hour. The repetitions of exercise completed during each class were documented by staff. An audit was conducted to ascertain the amount and type of exercise completed within the class. Results. During the study period 284 people were referred to the exercise program. The mean number of exercise repetitions completed per participant in each class was 180.7 (SD 205.4). The number of exercise repetitions completed by participants was highly variable ranging from 0 to 1190 per class. Conclusion. The amount of average exercise repetitions completed in the Weekend Warrior program was large but with significant variability. A nurse-led exercise class is a feasible method of delivering exercise opportunities to individuals in hospital after stroke.