This mixed-methods pilot study examined the impact of a psychoeducational intervention (PEI) to expand coping skills and identify themes for focused nursing strategies to assist poststroke couples.
Outcome variables, including dyadic coping, quality of life, depression, and self-care self-efficacy, were measured in experimental and control groups initially and after PEI was created with experimental couples in six home sessions.
Repeated measures analysis of variance compared control (n = 5 stroke survivors; n = 5 spouses) and experimental groups' (n = 5 stroke survivors; n = 5 spouses) on outcomes.
Significant increase occurred in experimental group stroke survivors in coping by oneself and quality of life; depressive symptoms decreased. Significant increase in positive dyadic coping occurred for experimental group spouses. PEI intervention generated a major theme.
Nurse-initiated cognitive coping intervention was supported by experimental group's elements.
Nurses may use psychoeducational techniques to motivate stroke couples.
1 College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA
2 Main Line Health System, Bryn Mawr, PA, USA
3 Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Main Line Health System, Malvern, PA, USA
G. Robinson-Smith, Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Villanova University, Villanova, PA.