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Table 4 Characteristics of recreation and healthcare centers, program delivery staff, and TIMETM program implementation at three study sites

From: Community-based exercise programs incorporating healthcare-community partnerships to improve function post-stroke: feasibility of a 2-group randomized controlled trial

Characteristic Study site
Toronto London Pembroke
Type of recreation organization For-profit recreation center Non-profit recreation center For-profit fitness center
No. fitness instructors trained 3 4 3
No. volunteers trained (qualifications) 2 (undergraduate students) 1 (retired physical therapist) 0
Class schedule Mon: 10:45–11:45 am
Fri: 9:30–10:30 am
Tues & Thurs: 2:00–3:00 pm Mon & Wed: 2:00–3:00 pm
Program dates Oct 2017–Jan 2018 Oct 2017–Jan 2018 Apr–Jul 2018
Class size, Range 2–6 2–4 1–4
Instructor-plus-volunteer to participant ratio 1:4 or better 1:4 or better 1:4 or better
No. (%) of 24 classes delivered 22a (92) 23a (96) 24 (100)
Percent of classes adhering to prescribed class format 100 100 100
Transportation options utilized Participant drove
Caregiver drove
Public adapted transportation
Red Cross driving serviceb
Participant drove
Caregiver drove
Driving serviceb (no public-adapted transportation available)
Participant drove
Caregiver drove
Driving serviceb (no public-adapted transportation available)
Type of healthcare organization Community general hospital with inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation services Regional stroke center with inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation services Regional stroke center with inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation services
Role of decision-maker Program director, medicine and post-acute services Medical director, stroke rehabilitation program Director, physical medicine and rehabilitation
Healthcare partner (mode of transportation to recreation site) Physical therapist in outpatient program (car) Physical therapist in outpatient program (car) Physical therapist in outpatient program (car)
Distance to recreation center (km) 2.0 km 6.1 km 2.7 km
No. (%) of 5 healthcare partner visits completed 5 (100) 5 (100) 5 (100)
  1. Abbreviations: No. number, NA not applicable
  2. aClasses canceled due to public holidays
  3. bCost depended on distance traveled and ranged from $9 to $35 per trip