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A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of a support and education programme for spouses of people affected by stroke
Department of Clinical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden. Department of Clinical Sciences, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4226-6064
Department of Clinical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden.
Department of Clinical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden; Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.
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2008 (English)In: Clinical Rehabilitation, ISSN 0269-2155, E-ISSN 1477-0873, Vol. 22, no 8, p. 722-30Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether a nurse-led support and education programme for spouses of patients affected by stroke improved the psychological health of the spouses.

DESIGN: A longitudinal, open, randomized controlled trial.

SAMPLE: One hundred spouses of stroke patients were randomly assigned to either an intervention or a control group.

SETTING: The study was conducted in a hospital setting.

INTERVENTION: The intervention consisted of six group meetings during six months, with a follow-up after further six months. Comparison between the intervention and the control groups was made at baseline, after six and 12 months using analysis with repeated measures.

MAIN MEASURES: The Comprehensive Psychopathological Rating Scale--Self-Affective for psychological health.

RESULTS: No significant difference was found between the intervention and control groups concerning overall psychological health. However, a subanalysis revealed that those who participated more frequently in the group meetings (five or six times) had significantly stronger psychological health (P<0.05). Knowledge about stroke increased over time in both groups, but participants in the intervention group learned more (P=0.041).

CONCLUSION: Encouraging participation in the group meetings of a support programme might have a positive effect on psychological health.

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2008. Vol. 22, no 8, p. 722-30
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-34778DOI: 10.1177/0269215508090161ISI: 000258985400006PubMedID: 18678572Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-55249125684OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-34778DiVA, id: diva2:712958
Available from: 2014-04-17 Created: 2014-04-17 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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