Twelve month follow-up on a randomised controlled trial of relaxation training for post-stroke anxiety

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Journal Article
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Clinical Rehabilitation, 2017, 31 (9), pp. 1164 - 1167
Issue Date:
2017-09-01
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© The Author(s) 2016. Objective: To follow up participants in a randomised controlled trial of relaxation training for anxiety after stroke at 12 months. Design: Twelve month follow-up to a randomised controlled trial, in which the control group also received treatment. Setting: Community. Participants: Fifteen of twenty one original participants with post-stroke anxiety participated in a one year follow-up study. Interventions: A self-help autogenic relaxation CD listened to five times a week for one month, immediately in the intervention group and after three months in the control group. Main measures: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale-Anxiety subscale and the Telephone Interview of Cognitive Status for inclusion. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale-Anxiety subscale for outcome. All measures were administered by phone. Results: Anxiety ratings reduced significantly between pre and post-intervention, and between pre-intervention and one year follow-up (‡2(2) = 22.29, p < 0.001). Conclusions: Reductions in anxiety in stroke survivors who received a self-help autogenic relaxation CD appear to be maintained after one year.
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