Life After Stroke: A Sensory Health Initiative (2022-2023)

Each year more than 795,000 Americans have a stroke, and more than 80% survive. Older people have more strokes; however, in the past decade, there has been a 44% increase in the incidence of stroke in younger adults due to risk factors such as obesity and high cholesterol. There is a growing need to develop diverse, person-centered interventions that support the recovery of adults after a stroke.

This project team explored how changes in the sensory health of adults post-stroke affect their participation in meaningful activities of daily living that are important for positive mental and physical health outcomes. Members were divided into two subteams. One subteam conducted a systematic review of the literature on sensory health needs in adult patients post-stroke, while the other subteam held focus group sessions with adult stroke survivors and stroke rehabilitation clinicians to understand the effects of changes in sensory health on life activities and to develop research questions to help address this need. 


Fall 2022 – Spring 2023 

Team Outputs

Sensory Health in Post-Stroke Adults (2023 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Life After Stroke: A Sensory Health Initiative (poster by Nathalia Kim, Lunar Singsomphone, Daniella Galtes, Sophia Li, Ithika Senthilnathan, Hidaya Ougui, Sibani Ram, Neha Vutakuri, Kimberly Hreha and Antoine Bailliard, presented at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 19, 2023)

See related team, Life After Stroke: An Inclusive Approach to Addressing Sensory Health Needs (2023-2024).


Image: Physical therapy, by United States Forces Iraq, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Health worker and patient.

Team Leaders

  • Antoine Bailliard, School of Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Kimberly Hreha, School of Medicine-Orthopaedic Surgery;Occupational Therapy Department

/graduate Team Members

  • Nathalia Kim, Occupational Therapy-Doctorate
  • Lunar Singsomphone, Grad Innovation & Entrprship

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Daniella Galtes, Biology (BS)
  • Sophia Li, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Hidaya Ougui, DKU Interdisciplinary Studies (BS)
  • Sibani Ram, Evolutionary Anthropology (BS)
  • Ithika Senthilnathan, Program II (BS)
  • Neha Vutakuri, Neuroscience (BS)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Jessica West, School of Medicine-Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development

/zcommunity Team Members

  • American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • American Occupational Therapy Association - Therapist Network
  • The Association for Vision Research and Ophthalmology
  • Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • UNC Hospitals