Professor Rosaria Alvaro of our Department is pleased to announce that the Research Assistant for Nursing Sciences, Dr. Gianluca Pucciarelli, has been awarded with the American Heart Association’s “2017 CVSN Stroke Article of the Year Award”.
Following is the statement by Prof. Alvaro:
I am pleased to inform you that Dr. Gianluca Pucciarelli, Research Assistant for Nursing Sciences, is the winner of the American Heart Association's “2017 CVSN Stroke Article of the Year Award”. This is probably the first time an Italian nurse is awarded this prestigious prize.
The article to which the award refers is the following:
Pucciarelli G, Vellone E, Savini S, Simeone S, Ausili D, Alvaro R, Lee CS, Lyons KS. Roles of Changing Physical Function and Caregiver Burden on Quality of Life in Stroke: A Longitudinal Dyadic Analysis. Stroke 2017; 48: 733-739.
The study, result of an international collaboration between the Department of Nursing Science and the School of Nursing at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, USA, enrolled a group of 226 pairs of stroke patients with their respective caregivers and followed them for one year with follows-up every three months. The data analysis, very innovative by making use for the first time of multilevel methodologies on the reference population, has revealed that the physical fitness of the patient and the caregiver's burden not only affect the individual's quality of life, respectively of the patient and the caregiver , but also the quality of life of the other member of the pair. In addition, the study has shown that depression of the patient negatively affects the caregiver's depression and vice versa, and that better educated and better-prepared caregivers are less exposed to the adverse effects of the healthcare burden.
As you know, the study was funded by the Center for Excellence for Culture and Nursing Research at the IPASVI College in Rome.
Dr. Pucciarelli will receive the award during the upcoming American Heart Association Congress, which will be held in Anaheim, California (USA), November 11-15, 2017.