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Oikarinen, A., Engblom, J., Kyngäs, H., & Kääriäinen, M. (2017). Lifestyle Counseling Intervention Effects on Counseling Quality in Patients With Stroke and Transient Ischemic Attack. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 49(3), 137–141.

Lifestyle counseling intervention effects on counseling quality in patients with stroke and transient ischemic attack

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Author: Oikarinen, Anne1; Engblom, Janne2; Kyngäs, Helvi3,4;
Organizations: 1Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Statistics,Quantitative Methods in Management, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Turku, Finland
3Nursing Science, Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu
4art-time Chief Nursing Officer, Northern Ostrobothnia Hospital District, Oulu, Finland
5Nursing Science, Research Unit of Nursing Science and Health Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Wolters Kluwer, 2017
Publish Date: 2019-09-10


Background: Studies have shown that counseling about risk factor-related lifestyle habits can produce significantly beneficial changes in stroke patients’ lifestyle habits. However, it is not sufficient nearly to provide a patient with appropriate information, but the quality of lifestyle counseling is also essential. The aim of the study was to investigate the effects of lifestyle counseling intervention on lifestyle counseling quality in stroke and TIA patients.

Methods: Post-test control group design was used. Stroke and TIA patients (n=98), divided into intervention and control group, completed Counseling Quality Questionnaire after receiving lifestyle counseling at the hospital (January 2010–October 2011). Data were analyzed with analysis of variance.

Results: The patients rated lifestyle counseling quality quite high in terms of all sum variables except patient centeredness. Counseling quality except for counseling resources was estimated to be significantly better by the intervention group.

Conclusion: Lifestyle counseling quality at hospital can be enhanced by counseling intervention. More attention to factors that promote patient centeredness of counseling is required since patient centeredness has repeatedly been recognized as the weakest aspect of counseling by both stroke patients and other patient groups.

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Series: Journal of neuroscience nursing
ISSN: 0888-0395
ISSN-E: 1945-2810
ISSN-L: 0888-0395
Volume: 49
Issue: 3
Pages: 137 - 141
DOI: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000287
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 3124 Neurology and psychiatry
316 Nursing
Copyright information: © 2017 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses. Unauthorized reproduction of this article is prohibited. The Version of Record is available at