Abstract NS6: The Needs of Family Members of Stroke Patients at the Bedside During Inpatient Rehabilitation
Stroke is an event that can cause disability and significantly impacts the family system. Given this, family members are usually at the patient’s bedside daily and play a large role in the patient’s recovery and the patient’s transition back into the community following rehabilitation (Clark and Smith, 1999). This study included twelve family members of stroke patients at a regional rehabilitation center in a Northern California healthcare delivery system. The study explored the needs of family members of stroke patients admitted to an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Family member needs was determined through the use of the Family Needs Inventory (FIN) and qualitative semi-structured interviews. Descriptive statistical analysis of the FIN revealed five unmet needs: knowing what to expect at home, knowing what symptoms can occur, knowing when to expect symptoms, having someone care about the health of the family member, and being informed about changes in treatment. Qualitative analysis of the semi-structured interviews revealed five main thematic need categories: preparedness for discharge, a family-centered environment, caring for the family members, communication, trust and respect. These results indicate that family members of stroke patients in an acute inpatient rehabilitation hospital have a number of unmet needs in terms of caregiver preparedness and support. Investigation into the themes presented in this study could lead to the development of interventions targeted toward enhanced communication, increased support, and effective caregiver education by the trans-professional team.
Author Disclosures: M. Camicia: None. A. Catlin: None.
- © 2015 by American Heart Association, Inc.