Premorbid personality traits are associated with post-stroke behavioral and psychological symptoms: a three-month follow-up study in Perth, Western Australia
Kathryn R Greenop, Osvaldo P Almeida, Graeme J Hankey, Frank van Bockxmeer, Nicola T Lautenschlager
INTERNATIONAL PSYCHOGERIATRICS | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2009
BACKGROUND: Previous research has found an association between post-stroke depressive symptoms and premorbid personality. This study sought to investigate further the relationship between premorbid personality and a number of common post-stroke behavioral and psychological symptoms in a three-month follow-up study. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted between May 2003 and January 2005 in a Perth metropolitan teaching hospital. The pre-stroke personality of stroke survivors was assessed by interviewing a close family member (informant) within four weeks of the index stroke using the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised. Three months after the stroke, patients were followed up and assess..View full abstract
This study was funded by a University of Western Australia Research Grant. The authors thank Isabelle Valk and Laurel Collin for assistance with recruitment and assessment of participants, Joanna Brisbane for DNA analysis, Tricia Knox for coordinating blood tests, the staff of the Royal Perth Hospital stroke unit, and the patients and their informants for their assistance with this study.