Receipt of Mental Health Treatment in People Living With Stroke: Associated Factors and Long-Term Outcomes

Priscilla Tjokrowijoto, Renerus J. Stolwyk, David Ung, Ian Kneebone, Monique F. Kilkenny, Joosup Kim, Muideen T. Olaiya, Lachlan L. Dalli, Dominique A. Cadilhac, Mark R. Nelson, Natasha A. Lannin, Nadine E. Andrew, on behalf of the PRECISE investigators

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Background: Untreated poststroke mood problems may influence long-term outcomes. We aimed to investigate factors associated with receiving mental health treatment following stroke and impacts on long-term outcomes. Methods: Observational cohort study derived from the Australian Stroke Clinical Registry (AuSCR; Queensland and Victorian registrants: 2012-2016) linked with hospital, primary care billing and pharmaceutical dispensing claims data. Data from registrants who completed the AuSCR 3 to 6 month follow-up survey containing a question on anxiety/depression were analyzed. We assessed exposures at 6 to 18 months and outcomes at 18 to 30 months. Factors associated with receiving treatment were determined using staged multivariable multilevel logistic regression models. Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to assess the impact of treatment on outcomes. Results: Among 7214 eligible individuals, 39% reported anxiety/depression at 3 to 6 months following stroke. Of these, 54% received treatment (88% antidepressant medication). Notable factors associated with any mental health treatment receipt included prestroke psychological support (odds ratio [OR], 1.80 [95% CI, 1.37-2.38]) or medication (OR, 17.58 [95% CI, 15.05-20.55]), self-reported anxiety/depression (OR, 2.55 [95% CI, 2.24-2.90]), younger age (OR, 0.98 [95% CI, 0.97-0.98]), and being female (OR, 1.30 [95% CI, 1.13-1.48]). Those who required interpreter services (OR, 0.49 [95% CI, 0.25-0.95]) used a health benefits card (OR, 0.73 [95% CI, 0.59-0.92]) or had continuity of primary care visits (ie, with a consistent physician; OR, 0.78 [95% CI, 0.62-0.99]) were less likely to access mental health services. Among those who reported anxiety/depression, those who received mental health treatment had an increased risk of presenting to hospital (hazard ratio, 1.06 [95% CI, 1.01-1.11]) but no difference in survival (hazard ratio, 0.86 [95% CI, 0.58-1.27]). Conclusions: Nearly half of the people living with mood problems following stroke did not receive mental health treatment. We have highlighted subgroups who may benefit from targeted mood screening and factors that may improve treatment access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1519-1527
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2023


  • anxiety
  • data linkage
  • depression
  • epidemiology
  • outcomes research
  • stroke
  • treatment

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