This study is being done to learn more about the use of FitBits in measuring calories burned in the inpatient therapy setting. We also would like to know whether the amount of calories patients burn is related to their ability to carry out activities of daily living and discharge location (e.g., home, skilled care) after the therapy program.
Studies have found that more time spent in exercise therapy after stroke leads to greater improvements in patient activities such as activities of daily living, walking speed and walking time. However, there have been no studies looking at the relationship between calories burned and these patient outcomes. Genesis inpatient therapy patients spend three hours a day in therapy, but we currently do not track calories burned.
The FitBit device is a wearable, wireless activity tracker that measures data such as numbers of steps walked, heart rate and quality of sleep. FitBits are widely available and easy to use. They have been found to accurately measure activity such as steps, while slightly underestimating calories burned. FitBits have never been used in research to measure calories burned in patients who have had a stroke.