PERsonalised Knowledge to reduce the risk of Stroke (PERKS International)

Did you know that 1 in 4 people will have a stroke in their lifetime? Knowing your risk factors for stroke may help you to prevent stroke.

The PERsonalised Knowledge to reduce the risk of Stroke (PERKS) clinical trial compares two different ways of showing people their risk factors for stroke. We will test whether one method is better than the other at helping people to manage their stroke risk factors. Stroke risk factors are things like blood pressure, exercise and diet.

The first step is a short online questionnaire to check if you can participate in the study.

If you are eligible and agree to participate, you will be assigned to one of two groups and receive information on your risk factors for stroke. The method used to provide information about how you could change these risk factors will depend on which group you are in.

Who can participate?

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are aged 35 to 75
  • Have at least two risk factors for stroke (but not had a stroke or heart attack)
  • Have a smartphone
  • Can travel to a clinic for a health-check two times during the study (clinics are in Hobart, Adelaide, and Melbourne in Australia; and Auckland and Hamilton in New Zealand)
  • Do not have any problems with memory or thinking

What you will do

Over 12 months we would like you to:

  • Do an online questionnaire and face-to-face health check at the start of the study (60 minutes)
  • Do an online questionnaire at 3, 6 and 12 months (30 minutes each)
  • Attend a face-to-face health check at 6 months (30 minutes)

If needed, your parking and travel costs can be refunded.

For more information about participating in the study, please visit the StopStroke Survey page.

You can download the Participant Information Sheet (PDF 402.8KB) for Australia or New Zealand, or watch a video describing the study.