Sandra Weeks is the clinical nurse manager for the Comprehensive Rehabilitation, Acquired Brain Injury, and Transitional Care units at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
Family Health and Functional Outcomes in Rehabilitation
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
2000 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 25, Issue 6, pages 220–223, November-December 2000
How to Cite
Weeks, S. K., O'Connor, P. C. and Enterlante, T. M. (2000), Family Health and Functional Outcomes in Rehabilitation. Rehabilitation Nursing, 25: 220–223. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2000.tb01915.x
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2012
- family assessment;
- family health;
- Functional Independence Measure;
Although several investigators have studied family interaction during times of illness and family participation in rehabilitation, a literature search found nothing about the relation between patient perception of family health and functional outcomes in rehabilitation. The purpose of this study was to determine whether there is such a relationship. The Functional Independence Measure (FIM), designed to measure functional gain in rehabilitation, and the FAMTOOL, designed to measure family health in any healthcare setting, were used to collect data from 100 adult patients at two inpatient rehabilitation centers. A Pearson product moment correlation showed no relation between FAMTOOL scores and FIM gain scores (gain between admission and discharge FIMs). Suggestions are made for further research.