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Conference paper
Authors Anna Danielsson
Katharina S Sunnerhagen
Lena Rafsten
Published in European stroke journal. Vol. 3 Issue 1_suppl.
ISSN 2396-9873
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Health and Rehabilitation
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience
Language en
Keywords stroke, anxiety, prevalence
Subject categories Neurology


Background and Aims: Anxiety is associated with decreased quality of life and depression, but gets less attention than other psychological consequences after stroke. The aim was to estimate prevalence of anxiety in the first year after stroke. Method: Searches in EMBASE, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, Cochrane Library, Amed and CINAHL were conducted in May 2015 and April 2017. Included were studies of populations with a hemorrhagic or ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack, anxiety categorized on a rating scale during the first year after stroke. Two reviewers independently screened and included studies and assessed quality using a checklist. Studies using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale – Anxiety (n 31) were included in a meta- analysis using the random effects model. Heterogeneity was assessed using the Q-test and I2 was used to estimate heterogeneity. Results: Of 4453 titles screened, 37 studies were included comprising 13756 participants with mean ages from 52 to 79 years, assessed within 2 weeks to 1 year after stroke. Most studies were of medium quality. The pooled prevalence of anxiety within the first year was 29.3% [(95% CI 24.8 – 33.8), (I2¼97%, p<0.00001)] which is higher than previously shown. Frequency 0-2 weeks post stroke was 34.8% (95% CI 24.9 – 44.6%), 2 weeks -3 months 23.2 (95% CI 16.3–30.1%) and 3 -12 months 35.6% (95% CI 17.7–54.3. Conclusion: One third of the stroke population may have an anxiety disorder and the prevalence seems to increase, why routine screening may be worth considering in order to provide appropriate interventions.

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