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RESCUE Stroke Caregiving

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RESCUE Clinical Demonstration Project

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In the clinical demonstration project we used a single-group pre- and post-test design to evaluate the content and outcomes of the RESCUE problem-solving intervention.

RESCUE Clinical Demonstration Project Papers

Graf, R., LeLaurin, J., Schmitzberger, M., Freytes, I. M., Orozco, T., Dang, S., & Uphold, C. R. (2017). The stroke caregiving trajectory in relation to caregiver depressive symptoms, burden, and intervention outcomes. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 24(7), 488-495.

  • This paper uses data from our second project, a clinical demonstration project, to see how length of time since a loved one’s stroke impacts caregiver well-being and effects caregiver outcomes after completing a problem-solving intervention. We found caregiver feelings of burden and depressive symptoms tend to improve over time, but the RESCUE intervention was helpful no matter how long a person had been a caregiver.

Freytes, I. M., Sullivan, M., Schmitzberger, J., LeLaurin, J., Eliazar-Macke, N., Orozco, T., & Uphold, C. R.  (2021). Types of stroke-related deficits and their impact on family caregiver's depressive symptoms, burden, and quality of life. Disability and Health Journal, 14(2), 101019, 1-7. 

Jordan, M., Freytes, I. M., Orozco, T., Tuan, A.W., Dang, S., Rutter, T., & Uphold, C. R.  (2022). The RESCUE problem solving intervention for stroke caregivers: A mixed methods pilot study.  Rehabilitation Psychology. Online First Publication, August 4, 2022.

  • The objective of this paper is to determine the feasibility, acceptability and value of an 4-week telephone and web-based intervention for stroke caregivers. We found that the intervention was feasible to implement and valuable and acceptable to caregivers.

LeLaurin, J., Schmitzberger, M., Eliazar-Macke, N., Freytes, I. M., Dang, S., & Uphold, C. (2019). A commentary on methodological issues in stroke caregiver research: lessons learned from three RESCUE intervention studies. Topics in stroke rehabilitation, 26(5), 399-404.

These materials were created for the project:

Web-Based Informational Materials for Caregivers of Veterans Post-Stroke

Project Number SDP 06-327 funded by VA HSR&D Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI)