Feasibility of a Pilot Study of Problem-Solving Therapy for Stroke Survivors

Niloufar Niakosari Hadidi, Ruth Lindquist, Kathleen Buckwalter, Kay Savik

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Purpose 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. Design This study employed a repeated measures experimental design. Methods We recruited a convenience sample of 22 ischemic stroke survivors and randomized to treatment group receiving PST and control group receiving standard care. Findings 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. Conclusion Problem-solving therapy is potentially therapeutic for stroke survivors. Clinical Relevance Rehabilitation nurses could be educated on the use of PST as a potential intervention for stroke survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)327-337
Number of pages11
JournalRehabilitation Nursing
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015


  • Poststroke depressive symptoms
  • poststroke depression
  • problem-solving therapy

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