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Keywords:

  • stroke rehabilitation;
  • action research

Summary

  • Stroke accounts for ∼20% of beds occupied on general medical wards yet nurses felt inadequately prepared to participate fully in the interdisciplinary approach to stroke rehabilitation.
  • An action research project was established to improve stroke care and rehabilitation in a general medical ward.
  • Results indicate a correlation between knowledge and attitudes: the greater the nurse's understanding the more positive the nurse is towards nursing involvement in rehabilitation.
  • It was concluded that nurses have a vital part to play in the rehabilitation of stroke patients and that their contribution can be enhanced through greater understanding.
  • Further research is needed to determine the effects of greater nursing involvement in terms of quality of patient recovery and length of patient stay.