Text messaging to prevent depression and promote a healthy lifestyle after stroke (study design)

The George Institute for Global Health, Camperdown, NSW, 2050

The aim of this study is to develop and test the delivery of text messages designed to provide advice, information and support for people who have had a stroke.

Participants will be asked to join a panel to discuss the broad study design and identify message topics important in recovery and well-being after stroke. Depending on the agreed design, participants will be invited to draft messages and asked to determine the usefulness, readability of all drafted messages and provide comments and suggestions for improvement (over several months).

If the study design and messages seem feasible, the same and/or other participants will be invited to provide informed consent and their mobile number, after which they will receive a random set of relevant messages for one week. (This step will require ethics approval before proceeding.)

Participants will again be asked about the acceptability of the timing, personalisation and frequency of the text messages and to provide any further feedback.


If you would like to participate or would like more information concerning this project, please contact Dr Sabine Allida on sallida@georgeinstitute.org.au or 0430 079 587.