Utilizing Peplau's psychodynamic theory for stroke patient care



  • A theory which enables the recipient of care to identify health-care needs is paramount.
  • Hildegard Peplau's (1952) theory of psychodynamic nursing enables this process to occur in collaborative identification and resolution of need.
  • The psychodynamic approach can direct the user to focus on the psychosocial problems created by a stroke.
  • The advantages and limitations of the theory are still to be investigated with the continued application to varied clinical situations.
  • There is a need to generate an expanded research-based taxonomy of psycho-social interventions for this client group.