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Josefine Persson defends her thesis April 28

News: Apr 26, 2017

April 28 Josefine Persson at the Health Metrics unit will defend her thesis about long-term consequences for spouses of stroke survivors, in a health economic perspective.

Providing support to a stroke surviving partner is often experienced as natural, but can be demanding and have a negative impact also on the health and life situation of the family members. Previous research have mainly focused on the consequences of spouses during the first two years after stroke onset, while knowledge of the long-term consequences of spouses’ support and health is limited.

The papers in the thesis is part of a large research project: The Sahlgrenska Academy Study on Ischemic Stroke (SAHLSIS). The spouses responded to questions about their physical, mental and general health, and reported their provided support during a week in a time-diary, seven years after stroke onset.

The results from the thesis show that spouses of mid-life stroke survivors dependent on support in their everyday life, reported lower physical, mental and general health in comparison to spouses of independent stroke survivors. Spouses of dependent stroke survivors provided considerably more extensive support, on average 15 hours per day. Five of those hours were practical support and 10 hours being available for their partner. This informal support corresponds to an estimated annual cost of €25,000. Spouses of independent stroke survivors reported giving less than one hour of support per day, estimated to an annual cost of €1,000.

Including spouses’ consequences in terms of reduced health and life quality as well as the cost of spousal support in health economic evaluations of health care and rehabilitation interventions for stroke survivors, can capture more of the total effect of the intervention for both stroke survivors and their cohabitant spouses.

Link to the thesis in GUPEA.


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Utskriftsdatum: 2018-02-17