Stroke caregivers’ perception on instant messaging application use for psychological intervention: A qualitative study

Wing Nga TSANG, Jung Jae LEE, Sook Ching YANG, Joan Chung Yan POON, Esther Yuet Ying LAU

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Abstract

In caring for patients with stroke, the leading cause of death and disability affecting over 80 million people worldwide, caregivers experience substantial psychological and physical burdens and difficulties in help-seeking owing to physical and time-constraints. Social distancing measures imposed during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic further restricted them from using caregiver support services. While the use of telehealth emerged as a global prevailing trend during the COVID-19 pandemic, evidence for utilising instant messaging (IM) applications for psychological intervention is scanty. This study aimed to explore stroke caregivers’ perceived potential utility of IM-delivered psychological intervention. Between January and August 2020, 36 adult family stroke caregivers in Hong Kong were recruited to individual telephone semi-structured interviews using purposive sampling. The interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed using an interpretive description approach. Three themes of caregivers’ perceptions towards IM-delivered psychological intervention emerged: perceived high convenience and ease of use, perceived advantages that overcome existing barriers to services and message delivery tailored to individual needs. Our findings suggested that there is an imminent need among stroke caregivers for personalised psychological interventions and that IM is a potential modality for overcoming existing barriers in delivering accessible support to caregivers in real-time, real-world settings. Our study highlighted caregivers’ acceptance and perceived benefits of IM-delivered psychological intervention and provided practical insights into the design of IM-delivered psychological interventions. Copyright © 2024 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychology, Health and Medicine
Early online dateMar 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Mar 2024

Citation

Tsang, W. N., Lee, J. J., Yang, S. C., Poon, J. C. Y., & Lau, E. Y. Y. (2024). Stroke caregivers’ perception on instant messaging application use for psychological intervention: A qualitative study. Psychology, Health and Medicine. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13548506.2024.2332925

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