Mary H. Purdy, PhD CCC-SLP BC-ANCDS, is an associate professor at Southern Connecticut State University, Department of Communication Disorders and a consultant at Hartford Hospital/Eastern Rehabilitation Network, Hartford, Connecticut.
Increasing Stroke Patients' Success in Self-Medication Programs Using an Interdisciplinary Cognitive Rehabilitation Approach
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2007 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 32, Issue 5, pages 210–213, September-October 2007
How to Cite
Purdy, M. (2007), Increasing Stroke Patients' Success in Self-Medication Programs Using an Interdisciplinary Cognitive Rehabilitation Approach. Rehabilitation Nursing, 32: 210–213. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2007.tb00175.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
- cognitive rehabilitation;
Rehabilitation programs strive to help patients become more independent in all aspects of daily living. Therefore, management of a patient's healthcare requirements should be an integral part of the rehabilitation program, including management of medications. Some rehabilitation programs implement self-medication programs (SMP); however, patients with cognitive deficits are often excluded. This study explored whether patients with cognitive deficits due to stroke could successfully complete an SMP using an interdisciplinary cognitive rehabilitation approach. Twenty-seven stroke patients and 36 debilitated patients with cognitive deficits participated in an SMP. A nurse and a pharmacist educated patients on their medications, and a speech-language pathologist provided cognitive rehabilitation to the stroke patients, which incorporated information from the SMP. Eighty-one percent of the stroke patients successfully completed the SMP, compared to 36% of the debilitated patients. Thus, an interdisciplinary approach to medication management for cognitively impaired stroke patients holds promise.