Barbara J. Lutz, PhD RN CRRN FAHA, is an associate professor at University of Florida, College of Nursing, Gainesville, FL.
Rethinking Intervention Strategies in Stroke Family Caregiving
Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
2010 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 35, Issue 4, pages 152–160, July-August 2010
How to Cite
Lutz, B. J. and Young, M. E. (2010), Rethinking Intervention Strategies in Stroke Family Caregiving. Rehabilitation Nursing, 35: 152–160. doi: 10.1002/j.2048-7940.2010.tb00041.x
- Issue published online: 27 MAR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 MAR 2012
Stroke is a condition that affects both patients and family members who provide care and support. Because stroke is an unexpected traumatic event that suddenly forces family members into a caregiving role, caregivers often experience an overwhelming sense of burden, depression, and isolation; a decline in physical and mental health; and reduced quality of life. Caregiver health is inextricably linked to a stroke survivor's physical, cognitive, and psychological recovery. Evidence suggests that informational interventions alone are not as effective in meeting the complex needs of stroke caregivers as interventions that combine information with other support services. This article discusses issues related to stroke caregiving and proposes comprehensive strategies designed to meet the poststroke recovery needs of both patients and caregivers. Suggested strategies include a comprehensive assessment specific to caregiver needs, skills, and resources and case management services designed to provide continuity of care across the stroke-recovery trajectory.