A Family Involvement and Patient-Tailored Health Management Program in Elderly Korean Stroke Patients' Day Care Centers

Authors

  • Ae Kyung Chang PhD, RN,

    1. Chungbuk National University, Department of Nursing Science, Cheongju, South Korea
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  • Yeon-Hwan Park PhD, RN,

    Corresponding author
    1. Seoul National University, College of Nursing & The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul, South Korea
    • Correspondence

      Yeon-Hwan Park, PhD, RN, Associate Professor College of Nursing & The Research Institute of Nursing Science, Seoul National University, 28 Yeongeon-Dong, Jongro-Gu, Seoul, 110-799, South Korea.

      E-mail: hanipyh@snu.ac.kr

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  • Cynthia Fritschi PhD, RN, CDE,

    1. Chungbuk National University, Department of Nursing Science, Cheongju, South Korea
    2. UIC College of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, Chicago, IL, USA
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  • Mi Ja Kim PhD, RN, FAAN

    1. Chungbuk National University, Department of Nursing Science, Cheongju, South Korea
    2. UIC College of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science, Chicago, IL, USA
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Abstract

Purpose

This study aimed to examine the effects of a family involvement and functional rehabilitation program in an adult day care center on elderly Korean stroke patients' perceived health, activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, and cost of health services, and on family caregivers' satisfaction.

Design

Using one-group pre- and posttest design, dyads consisting of 19 elderly stroke patients and family caregivers participated in 12-week intervention, including involvement of family caregivers in day care services and patient-tailored health management.

Findings

Outcomes of patients and caregivers were significantly improved (all < .001). However, the cost of health services did not decrease significantly.

Conclusions

This program improved functional levels and health perception of elderly stroke patients and caregivers' satisfaction. However, results must be interpreted with caution, because this was only a small, single-group pilot study.

Clinical Relevance

This program may be effective for elderly stroke patients and their caregivers.

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