A family caregiver-oriented discharge planning program for older stroke patients and their family caregivers
Shyu, Yea-Ing Lotus, Chen, Min-Chi, Chen, Sien-Tsong, Wang, Hsiao-Ping, & Shao, Jung-Hua (2008) A family caregiver-oriented discharge planning program for older stroke patients and their family caregivers. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17(18), pp. 2497-2508.
Aims. To test the effectiveness of a discharge planning program for dyads of older stroke survivors and their family caregivers in
Background. Family caregivers of stroke survivors often feel inadequately prepared to deal with the physical, cognitive and
emotional needs of the stroke survivors. However, little information could be found on discharge planning programs for
caregivers of stroke survivors in Asian families.-----
Design. A randomised experimental design was used to explore the effects of a discharge planning program for 158 dyads of
older stroke patients and their family caregivers.-----
Methods. The control group (n = 86 dyads) received only routine hospital discharge planning services and the experimental
group (n = 72 dyads) received routine hospital discharge planning services plus the caregiver-oriented discharge planning
program. Outcome variables were measured at baseline, before discharge and one month after hospital discharge.----- Variables
were measured by the Nurse Evaluation of Caregiver Preparation Scale, Preparedness for Caregiving Scale, Caregiver Discharge
Needs Satisfaction Scale and Perception of Balance between Competing Needs Scale.-----
Results. Caregivers in the experimental group had significantly better nurse evaluation and self-evaluation of preparation after
the program than before, and greater satisfaction of discharge needs one month after discharge than before discharge. Caregivers
in the experimental group had significantly better nurse evaluations and self-evaluations of preparation and better
satisfaction of discharge needs after the program compared with the control group. However, no significant difference was
found between caregiver groups in perceived balance of competing needs.-----
Conclusions. This discharge planning program benefited family caregivers of older stroke patients during the transition from
hospitalisation to one month after discharge.
Relevance to clinical practice. This caregiver-oriented discharge planning program, with its emphasis on individualised health
education and home visits following discharge may improve caregivers’ preparation and the satisfaction of their needs during
the discharge transition.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Discharge planning, Family caregiver, Nurses, Nursing, Older people, Stroke|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)|
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Aged Care Nursing (111001)
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health|
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
|Deposited On:||15 Jun 2009 14:25|
|Last Modified:||11 Aug 2011 04:09|
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