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Review: providing information improves subjective outcomes but may not improve clinical outcomes in patients with stroke or their carersCommentary

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J Smith

Mrs J Smith, Temple Bank House, Bradford Royal Infirmary, Bradford, UK; jane.smith@bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk

QUESTION

Can interventions that provide information improve outcomes for patients with stroke or their carers?

REVIEW SCOPE

Studies selected compared information interventions intended to improve patient or carer outcomes with standard care in patients with stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA) and their carers. Trials that compared information and another treatment with the other treatment alone were also included. Trials were excluded if information was only 1 component of a more complex rehabilitation intervention. Outcomes included mood (eg, depression or anxiety), activities of daily living, quality of life, service use, and death.

REVIEW METHODS

Cochrane Stroke Group Trials Register (May 2007); Medline, CINAHL, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, PsycINFO, Science Citation Index and Social …

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