V-STOP II is a pilot study to determine the feasibility of using videoconferencing for a program of self-management to prevent stroke (V-STOP). A total of 37 veterans with a history of stroke or with multiple risk factors for stroke, were enrolled in the study from two rural sites. The V-STOP intervention consisted of 6 weekly sessions of self-management classes and clinic visits delivered via videoconferencing, with one or two individual telephone counseling sessions.
Participants’ mean satisfaction scores were 4.7 out of 5, indicating very high approval of the program. Attendance was 87 percent, almost twice as high as at an equivalent in-person program. Access was improved as participants saved, on average, 160 km by traveling to a community center instead of the main veterans administration facility. Stroke risk knowledge and self-management behaviors such as communication with healthcare providers significantly improved from baseline.
Overall, videoconferencing is feasible for delivering self-management classes and clinic visits. The V-STOP program shows promise as a method for delivery of self-management education and preventive care services to reduce stroke risk.