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Volume 47 Number 7, 2010
   Pages 605 — 616

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A culturally sensitive Transition Assistance Program for stroke caregivers: Examining caregiver mental health and stroke rehabilitation

Paul B. Perrin, MS, et al.

Figure 2. Depression, as measured by Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CESD-10) scale, scores for caregivers below threshold for depression at baseline by treatment group (n = 27). Scores reported for each time frame represent mean scores for each respective group. Graph includes only caregivers who were below threshold of 10 for depression at baseline. Bold line represents threshold value (10) for depression on this instrument.

Approximately 80% of stroke survivors are discharged home to continue recovery. Caregivers play a key role in supporting recovery at home. Caregivers need help to provide care to veterans after discharge. They may experience strain, burden, and depression. We conducted a pilot study on a telephone support program, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), that provides education, support, and problem solving to assist caregivers in caring for veterans poststroke. We found that the TAP reduced caregiver strain at the 3-month follow-up and that the TAP may have prevented an effect on depression. We also found that veterans with low functioning at baseline whose caregivers received the TAP improved in functioning more than the veterans whose caregivers did not receive the TAP. Our findings reveal that the TAP warrants further research.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:

Perrin PB, Johnston A, Vogel B, Heesacker M, Vega-Trujillo M, Anderson J, Rittman M. A culturally sensitive Transition Assistance Program for stroke caregivers: Examining caregiver mental health and stroke rehabilitation. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2010:47(7):605-16.

DOI:10.1682/JRRD.2009.10.0170


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