To follow up participants in a randomised controlled trial of relaxation training for anxiety after stroke at 12 months.Design:
Twelve month follow-up to a randomised controlled trial, in which the control group also received treatment.Setting:
Fifteen of twenty one original participants with post-stroke anxiety participated in a one year follow-up study.Interventions:
A self-help autogenic relaxation CD listened to five times a week for one month, immediately in the intervention group and after three months in the control group.Main measures:
Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale-Anxiety subscale and the Telephone Interview of Cognitive Status for inclusion. Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale-Anxiety subscale for outcome. All measures were administered by phone.Results:
Anxiety ratings reduced significantly between pre and post-intervention, and between pre-intervention and one year follow-up (χ2(2) = 22.29, p < 0.001).Conclusions:
Reductions in anxiety in stroke survivors who received a self-help autogenic relaxation CD appear to be maintained after one year.