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A randomized controlled trial evaluating the effect of a support and education programme for spouses of people affected by stroke
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2008 (English)In: Clinical Rehabilitation, ISSN 0269-2155, E-ISSN 1477-0873, Vol. 22, no 8, 722-730 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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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, 722-730 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-109070DOI: 10.1177/0269215508090161ISI: 000258985400006PubMedID: 18678572OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-109070DiVA: diva2:248789
Available from: 2009-10-09 Created: 2009-10-09 Last updated: 2011-01-05Bibliographically approved

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