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