Telephone group intervention for older stroke caregivers

Robert J. Hartke*, Rosemarie B. King

*Corresponding author for this work

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Purpose: This study evaluated the effectiveness of telephone groups for older, spousal caregivers of stroke survivors. Method: The 88 caregivers were mostly white females who were 70 years old on average and who had been providing care for an average of 3 years. Participants were randomized to treatment or control conditions, followed for 6 months, and assessed for depression, burden, loneliness, stress, and competence. Treatment participants engaged in an eight-session psychoeducational telephone group. Results: Treatment participants showed decreased stress over time but were not significantly different from control participants in the amount of change in stress. Control participants showed a significant increase in burden during the study; treatment participants showed a significant increase in competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-81
Number of pages17
JournalTopics in stroke rehabilitation
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • Caregiver stress
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Stroke
  • Telehealth
  • Telephone

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Community and Home Care
  • Clinical Neurology

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