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Family Health and Functional Outcomes in Rehabilitation


  • Sandra Kenney Weeks MSN RN CRRN,

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    • 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.

  • Priscilla C. O'Connor PhD RN CS,

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    • Priscilla C. O'Connor is an associate professor and chair of the Division of Advanced Nursing Education and Practice at the College of New Jersey in Ewing, NJ.

  • Teresa Moroz Enterlante MSN RN CRRN FNPC

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    • Teresa Moroz Enterlante is the assistant director of nursing at the Bacharach Institute for Rehabilitation in Pomona, NJ.

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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.