Research Article

Psychiatric morbidity among spouses of patients with stroke.

Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987; 294 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.294.6569.409 (Published 14 February 1987) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1987;294:409
  1. T C Carnwath,
  2. D A Johnson

    Abstract

    The medium term psychiatric morbidity of spouses of patients with stroke was evaluated one to three years after the event. Compared with a control group the spouses were more likely to be depressed (p less than 0.005) and had more physical symptoms (p less than 0.01). Depression increased with the severity of the stroke in the spouse (p less than 0.05) and with time during the three years. Regular contact with friends and neighbours protected spouses (p less than 0.005). Depressed spouses were more likely to be taking tranquillisers than non-depressed spouses (p less than 0.0001) but no more likely to be taking antidepressants. Social rehabilitation after stroke was less successful when the spouse was depressed. Proper attention paid to spouses of patients with stroke might improve the prospects of these patients.