Coaching Intervention for Caregivers of Persons With Stroke

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Thomas Jefferson University




Caregiver Burnout
Caregiver Stress Syndrome
Stroke, Acute


Behavioral: Coaching

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


Caregivers of people with stroke experience strain that can reduce their quality of life. Caregivers are routinely engaged during hospital discharge for education and training related to the person with stroke. However, the critical period after stroke survivor's discharge is largely unsupported for the caregiver. This proposed study is a randomized controlled trial that will provide post-discharge support for caregivers using a health coaching program as compared to usual care and examine its effect of caregivers and people with stroke.

Full description

Caregiver strain reduces quality of life and can increase the chance of unplanned hospital readmission for the person with stroke. Caregivers are routinely engaged during hospital discharge for education and training. However, the critical period after discharge is largely unsupported. The proposed research will integrate occupational therapy and telehealth to provide a post-discharge, caregiver-focused program, the "Health Coaching-in-Context" that consists of up to 10 sessions, arranged once-a-week or multiple times a week based on convenience of scheduling for up to 10 weeks. The program targets improved caregiver health and reduction in readmissions for stroke survivor. The study aims to examine the effects of the coaching program for caregivers as compared to usual care and evaluate the feasibility of study design. A pilot randomized controlled trial will be conducted with two parallel groups, "Health Coaching-in-Context" and usual care. A sample of up to 40 pairs, including up to 40 stroke survivors and their respective 40 caregivers will be recruited from University hospitals and randomly assigned after consenting. The occupational therapist, unaware of the group assignment, will administer assessments before and after the intervention, and at 4-week follow-up. Data will be collected on general information, readmissions, performance, self-efficacy, and quality of life.


80 estimated patients




18 to 80 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

* Survivor criteria: First-time stroke, discharged from hospital within the past 30 days. * Caregiver criteria: Informal caregiver primarily responsible for care (family member, friend, or partner), may or may not live in the same household. Passes cognition screen, willing to use teleconference using phone, tablet, or computer. * Both: 18 to 80 years of age, understand and speak English

Exclusion criteria

* Children * 81 years of age or older * Unable to understand and speak English * Does not provide consent * Caregiver does not pass cognition screen

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Single Blind

80 participants in 2 patient groups

Experimental group
Health Coaching-in-Context" includes coaching by trained coaches up to 10 sessions over teleconference.
Behavioral: Coaching
Usual Care
No Intervention group
The usual care group does not get any intervention but continues with any of their usual activities that would otherwise would have been provided to them.

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Erica Witoslawski, BS; Namrata Grampurohit, PhD

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