Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA, is a professor at the University of Toledo College of Nursing in Toledo, OH.
Stroke Caregivers Share ABCs of Caring
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2009 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 34, Issue 5, pages 200–208, September-October 2009
How to Cite
Pierce, L. L., Steiner, V. and Smelser, J. (2009), Stroke Caregivers Share ABCs of Caring. Rehabilitation Nursing, 34: 200–208. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2009.tb00280.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
New stroke caregivers (N = 36) participated in a Web-based intervention that provided support and education and included exchanging e-mail messages in a discussion group. A male spousal caregiver posted a poem in his final message at the end of 1 year of participation in this discussion group. He used each letter of the alphabet to choose a word that represented a theme for what he had discovered while caring for his wife. A secondary analysis project examined narrative data from all caregivers' e-mails to see whether support existed for the word themes in the ABCs poem. 2,148 e-mails were read and examined using content analysis to get a sense of the meaning of the content, and then key words were identified that matched each of the poem's word themes. Other caregivers' e-mail examples verified all 26 word themes of the ABCs poem. Nurses can use these themes when providing education and support interventions to stroke caregivers new to their new role.