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Evidence‐Based Educational Guidelines for Stroke Survivors After Discharge Home

Ostwald, Sharon K.; Davis, Sally; Hersch, Gayle; Kelley, Carolyn; Godwin, Kyler M.

Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: June 2008 - Volume 40 - Issue 3 - p 173–179
Then & Now

Stroke survivors today are discharged home from the hospital more quickly than in the past because of shifting economic realities. Survivors continue to experience significant impairments after discharge and families may be poorly prepared for the full extent of caregiving responsibilities. This article describes 39 comprehensive educational guidelines that have been tested with 72 stroke survivors and families during 1,150 home visits throughout the first 6 months after discharge from inpatient rehabilitation. Two case studies illustrate use of the guidelines with stroke survivors and their families.

Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Sharon K. Ostwald, PhD RN FGSA, at Sharon.K.Ostwald@uth.tmc.edu. She is a professor and the Isla Carroll Turner Chair in gerontological nursing in the Center on Aging at the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX.

Sally Davis, MSN RN, is a clinical nurse specialist in the Center on Aging at the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX.

Gayle Hersch, PhD OTR, is a professor at Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX.

Carolyn Kelley, DScPT PT NCS, is an associate clinical professor at Texas Woman's University, Houston, TX.

Kyler M. Godwin, MPH, is a research associate in the Center on Aging at the School of Nursing, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX.

© 2008 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses