The Impact of Interactions with Providers on Stroke Caregivers' Needs
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013
© 2013 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 38, Issue 2, pages 88–98, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Creasy, K. R., Lutz, B. J., Young, M. E., Ford, A. and Martz, C. (2013), The Impact of Interactions with Providers on Stroke Caregivers' Needs. Rehabilitation Nursing, 38: 88–98. doi: 10.1002/rnj.69
- Issue published online: 25 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 25 MAR 2013
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Nursing Research. Grant Numbers: R15NR009800, R15NR012169
- family-centered care;
- qualitative research;
Preparation for caregiving is improved through engaged interactions between stroke family caregivers and healthcare providers throughout the care trajectory. We explored caregivers' perceptions about interactions with providers in rehabilitation, and how these experiences affected caregiver preparation.
Seventeen caregivers, included in this grounded theory study, were interviewed during a rehabilitation stay and postdischarge. Data were analyzed using dimensional and comparative analysis.
Caregivers described interactions with providers on a continuum from collaborative to disconnected, and a range of strategies to enhance interactions.
Caregivers want to be actively engaged with providers during inpatient rehabilitation and collaborative interactions enhance preparedness and care satisfaction.
Family members should be assessed for caregiving capacity and interactions between providers and caregivers should be individualized to specific needs. Providers must also be aware that many caregivers are not active information seekers. They must engage caregivers who may not even know what questions to ask.