Principal Investigator: Alexandra Terrill
Keywords: Stroke , Couples , Depression , Well-being , Behavioral intervention , Positive psychology , Resilience , Caregiver , Rehabilitation Department: Occupational Therapy
IRB Number: 00094857
Specialty: Occupational Therapy, Adult Behavioral Health, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychology, Clinical, Neurology
Sub Specialties: Stroke , Stroke
Recruitment Status: Active, not recruiting

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Alexandra Terrill

Simple Summary

Stroke can have a profound impact on a person’s life as well as their family. Unfortunately, feeling down, sad, or having difficulty enjoying things can be a common experience for persons who have had a stroke, and can also affect the person’s spouse/partner. We are creating an intervention for couples who have experienced a stroke and have difficulties with changes in mood –like feeling down- or have trouble enjoying things they used to enjoy. We have developed this intervention for couples to complete together and will look at things like mood, well-being, and participating in activities during and after the intervention.

Inclusion Criteria

Inclusion criteria are:

1) Couples consisting of one partner who had an ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke > 3 months ago and a cohabiting partner (living together > 1 year) who self-identifies as the caregiver and is willing to enroll in the study.

2) Either one or both partner(s) report depressive symptoms as assessed by the PROMIS-Depression measure (no formal diagnosis is required).

3) Both partners must be community-dwelling adults age 18 years and older.

4) Both partners must be able to understand printed English instructions

Exclusion Criteria

Exclusion criteria are:

1) Either partner does not consent to participate.

2) The caregiving partner has had a stroke or other major neurological condition.

3) Either partner is unable to understand printed English instructions.

4) Either partner has significant cognitive impairment (as assessed by the Telephone Interview for Cognitive Status, TICS or CASP).

Note: As this is a pilot study, we are restricting participation to only those who are able to understand printed English instructions and have mild/no cognitive impairment. We anticipate expanding inclusion criteria for future trials.

Participant Reimbursement

Reimbursement for participant couples is up to $130.