Reducing depressive or anxiety symptoms in post-stroke patients: Pilot trial of a constructive integrative psychosocial intervention

  • Yihong Fang Rehabilitation Service Department, Changi General Hospital
  • Elias Mpofu University of Sydney
  • James Athanasou University of Sydney http://orcid.org/0000-0002-4743-4098
Keywords: Anxiety symptoms, depressive symptoms, post-stroke anxiety, poststroke depression

Abstract

Background: About 30% of stroke survivors clinically have depressive symptoms at some point following stroke and anxiety prevalence is around 20-25%.

Objective: The purpose of this brief report is to evaluate a pilot trial of a constructive integrative psychosocial intervention (CIPI) over standard care in post-stroke depression or anxiety.

Methods: Patients were randomly assigned to either CIPI (n = 23) or standard care (n = 19). Patients were assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale at the 1st, 3rd, and 6th months to monitor changes of mood.

Results: A Wilcoxon signed-rank test indicated that compared to admission baseline, patients with the intervention had significantly normal post-stroke depression symptom levels at the 1st, 3rd, and 6th months (P < 0.005).

Conclusion: CIPI appears to be of incremental value in treating depression as well as anxiety in subacute care.

Author Biographies

Yihong Fang, Rehabilitation Service Department, Changi General Hospital
Occuaptional Therapist
Elias Mpofu, University of Sydney
Professor, Rehabilitation Counselling
James Athanasou, University of Sydney
Associate Professor
Published
2017-09-07
How to Cite
Fang, Y., Mpofu, E., & Athanasou, J. (2017, September 7). Reducing depressive or anxiety symptoms in post-stroke patients: Pilot trial of a constructive integrative psychosocial intervention. International Journal of Health Sciences, 11(4). Retrieved from https://ijhs.org.sa/index.php/journal/article/view/1917
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Original Paper