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How Stroke Survivors and Primary Support Persons Experience Nurses in Rehabilitation


  • Janet S. Secrest PhD RN

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    • Janet S. Secrest is a UC Foundation associate professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, School of Nursing.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, School of Nursing, 615 McCallie Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37343 or e-mail


The role of nursing in rehabilitation has been studied from various perspectives. This study explored experiences with nursing care in rehabilitation from the perspective of stroke survivors and their primary support persons (PSP). The sample consisted of six stroke survivors and seven primary support persons. Through in-depth phenomenological interviews, participants related the experiences with nursing care that stood out for them. The experience was conceptualized as a two-dimensional continuum from helpful to adversarial, with none of the participants articulating a therapeutic presence from nurses. Implications for nursing are explored