A stroke takes a physical toll on the body, but it can take a mental toll as well- around 30% of stroke survivors experience feelings of depression. Post-stroke depression is associated with an increased risk of disability and death. Here’s the good news - depression among stroke patients is treatable, and we at the Skolarus Lab are seeking innovative strategies to identify and treat stroke survivors with depression. One such strategy is interactive voice response (IVR) systems, which initiates outgoing automated phone calls to patients, and based on patient response, patients can receive tailored feedback, and clinicians can be alerted to patients who need additional and immediate assistance. The Care Partner Stroke intervention utilizes IVR to interact with stroke survivors who are at risk of developing post-stroke depression.
1. Skolarus, L.E., Piette, J.D., Pfeiffer, P.N. et al. Interactive Voice Response—An Innovative Approach to Post-Stroke Depression Self-Management Support. Transl. Stroke Res. (2017) 8: 77.