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Post-stroke depression - effect on the life situation of the significant other
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Transport and Economics, Safety Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7606-8771
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2006 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 20, no 4, 412-416 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe the life situation among,significant others' to patients with post-stroke depression, and to identify associations between the life situation of the significant others and patient characteristics. Seventy-one dyads consisting of patients with a diagnosed post-stroke depression and their significant others were included. The patients were assessed for depression with the Montgomery-angstrom sberg Depression Rating Scale and diagnosed according to the DSM-IV. The assessments of significant others included their own life situation and proxy assessments of the patients' state of depression, anger, change of personality, and need of assistance. Significant others of male stroke patients reported a more negative impact on their life situation, than did significant others of female stroke patients (p = 0.04). There was a significant association between the patient's level of depression and physical function [activities of daily living (ADL)], with those with less impaired ADL having more major depression than those with more impaired ADL (p = 0.007). This study indicates that major post-stroke depression is more common among patients with limited functional deficits. This highlights the importance of assessment for depression also among seemingly recovered stroke patients in order to treat and support those in need. This study also stresses the importance of identifying different needs of the significant others in order to provide appropriate support in their caregiving role.

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2006. Vol. 20, no 4, 412-416 p.
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significant other, gender, life situation, personality change, need of assistance, activities of daily living, quality-of-life, social support, gender differences, family caregivers, stroke, recovery, burden, impairment, survivors, health
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-16230ISI: 000243152000007ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33751304669OAI: diva2:334272
QC 20100525Available from: 2010-08-05 Created: 2010-08-05Bibliographically approved

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