Families In Recovery From Stroke Trial (F.I.R.S.T.)

Psychological Intervention in Stroke Recovery


Patrocinador principal: National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Fuente National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
Resumen breve

The purpose of this trial is to assess the effects of a psychosocial intervention on functional recovery after stroke.

Descripción detallada

Prior research shows that, after a stroke, emotional support from friends and family is very important in recovery from stroke. This study was designed to test whether a program of family sessions would lead to a faster recovery for stroke patients and lower stress for their families. The sessions were designed to mobilize the family and close friends of a stroke patient and help them to provide effective support to the patient. The aim of the study was to help patients who have recently had a stroke to achieve greater functional ability. Participants were randomly assigned to either the standard care or the treatment group. Those in the treatment group received standard care plus a maximum of 16 home-based sessions, or family meetings, with a specially-trained clinician. (The majority of participants received 14 or 15 sessions.) The sessions included stroke education, information about services and community resources, assistance with problem solving to aid in gaining independence, help with coping, and emotional support. The study is no longer enrolling patients and the study data has been collected. The data is now being analyzed.

Estado general Completed
Fase Phase 3
Tipo de estudio Interventional
Inscripción 291

Tipo de intervención: Procedure

Nombre de intervención: home-based sessions/family meetings with trained clinician




- patients with ischemic stroke or non-traumatic intracerebral hemorrhage, with residual deficit origin;

- age 45 or older

- stroke severity (3-8 on the NIH stroke severity scale); and

- able to participate in the intervention (due to, for example, ability to communicate or level of social connectedness).


- patients living outside the greater Boston area;

- admitted from a nursing home;

- terminally ill;

- severely aphasic;

- significantly cognitively impaired;

- unable to speak English; and

- under 45 years of age.

Género: All

Edad mínima: 45 Years

Edad máxima: N/A

Voluntarios Saludables: No

Oficial general
Apellido Papel Afiliación
Lisa Berkman, PhD Principal Investigator Harvard School of Public Health, Department of Society, Human Development, and Health
Massachusetts General Hospital | Boston, Massachusetts, 02114, United States
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital | Boston, Massachusetts, 02114, United States
Brigham and Women’s Hospital | Boston, Massachusetts, 02115, United States
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center | Boston, Massachusetts, 02215, United States
Youville Rehabilitation Hospital | Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02138, United States
Mount Auburn Hospital | Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02238, United States
Ubicacion Paises

United States

Fecha de verificación

May 2007

Palabras clave
Tiene acceso ampliado No
Condición Examinar
Información de diseño del estudio

Asignación: Randomized

Propósito primario: Prevention

Fuente: ClinicalTrials.gov