Patient-centered Research into Outcomes Stroke Patients prefer and Effectiveness Research.

For Patients


What is the PROSPER study?

  • PROSPER stands for Patient-centered Research into Outcomes Stroke Patients prefer and Effectiveness Research
  • Through PROSPER, we hope to better understand how commonly used medications, like cholesterol medications, blood-thinners, and anti-depressants, affect the functioning of survivors in the months and years following a stroke.
  • Above all, PROSPER is a research partnership that includes
    • Patients
    • Doctors
    • Caregivers
    • Researchers
  • Multiple perspectives and experiences = better understanding of what matters most to stroke survivors and their caregivers

Why is PROSPER Important?

What We know

  • Stroke is a major public health problem
  • There are 800,000 each year in the US: that’s 1 every 40 seconds!
  • Stroke is the 4th leading cause of death
  • Stroke is the leading cause of disability

What We Don’t Know

  • Common therapies like statins and blood thinners help avoid another stroke, but how do they affect functional status, time at home, quality of life?
  • Certain therapies may be effective for certain patients, but what about for less well-studied patient groups like women, minorities, and the elderly?

What data does PROSPER use?

Data Source

Database (called Get with the Guidelines-Stroke) of millions of stroke hospitalizations submitted by over 2000 US hospitals
Medicare claims data
Telephone interviews with 2000 stroke survivor volunteers

What information does it provide?

The therapies a stroke patient receives while in the hospital.
How much time do stroke survivors spend at home after hospital discharge versus being
How stroke survivors feel emotionally, what kinds of activities are they able to do, and do they keep taking the medications that they were prescribed while in the hospital.

How will PROSPER help patients?

We plan to use what we learn from PROSPER to help patients:

  • Patient tools and education about:
    • Stroke warning signs/symptoms
    • How to reduce risk of having another stroke
    • What therapies are associated with more time at home and better quality of life
  • Share information with doctors about
    • What treatments that are preferred by patients
    • Promoting shared decision-making with their patients
    • the most effective therapies for specific groups of patients, such as women, minorities, and the elderly

-How do I find the results of the PROSPER study?

Please click here: link to statin results

-Where can I find more information about stroke?

Please click here: link to AHA website