Feasibility of a Pilot Study of Problem-Solving Therapy for Stroke Survivors
Article first published online: 7 APR 2014
© 2014 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
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Hadidi, N. N., Lindquist, R., Buckwalter, K. and Savik, K. (2014), Feasibility of a Pilot Study of Problem-Solving Therapy for Stroke Survivors. Rehabilitation Nursing. doi: 10.1002/rnj.148
- Article first published online: 7 APR 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 21 JAN 2014
- Poststroke depressive symptoms;
- poststroke depression;
- problem-solving therapy
The purpose of this pilot study was to assess the feasibility and potential effectiveness of problem-solving therapy (PST) on stroke survivors' depressive symptoms and function in the rehabilitation stage of recovery.
This study employed a repeated measures experimental design.
We recruited a convenience sample of 22 ischemic stroke survivors and randomized to treatment group receiving PST and control group receiving standard care.
Our recruitment and retention rates were 54% and 81%, respectively. Results for depression scores in the treatment group as compared to the control group indicated clinical significance but not statistical significance (p > .05). Function was not statistically significant.
Problem-solving therapy is potentially therapeutic for stroke survivors.
Rehabilitation nurses could be educated on the use of PST as a potential intervention for stroke survivors.