This multi-site randomised controlled trial examined objective tailoring of stroke information and provision of reinforcement opportunities for enhancing the effectiveness of patient / carer education. The study evaluated the effectiveness of an education package in knowledge, health and psychosocial outcomes among stroke patients and carers.
The package comprised a tailored information booklet and verbal reinforcement provided before, and for 3 months following, discharge. The primary outcome measured was stroke knowledge, with secondary outcomes being self-efficacy, anxiety and depression, ratings of the importance of information, feelings of being informed, satisfaction with information, caregiver burden (carers) and quality of life (patients).
The participants receiving the education package showed improved self-efficacy for accessing stroke information and satisfaction with information. Other outcomes were not significantly improved. More research into educational interventions using information tailoring and reinforcement strategies may be necessary.
Eames, S. Hoffmann, T. [and] Worrall, L. [et al] (2013). Randomised controlled trial of an education and support package for stroke patients and their carers. BMJ Open, May 8th 2013, Vol.3(5), e002538. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].