FEATURE ARTICLEIn-home Online Support for Caregivers of Survivors of Stroke: A Feasibility StudyPIERCE, LINDA L. PhD, RN, CNS, CRRN, FAHA; STEINER, VICTORIA PhD; GOVONI, AMY L. MSN, RN, CSAuthor Information From the School of Nursing (Dr Pierce) and the Department of Medicine (Dr Steiner), Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, and Cleveland State University Department of Nursing (Ms Govoni), Ohio. Support for this project was provided by the Maumee Bay Chapter of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and Zeta Theta Chapter and Nu Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International; the Faculty Incentive Award from the MCO School of Nursing; and the Newly Tenured Faculty Award from the College of Arts and Sciences at CSU Department of Nursing. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the 26th International Stroke Conference in Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 2001, and in poster format at the 25th Midwest Nursing Research Society conference in Cleveland, OH, March 2001. Corresponding author: Linda L. Pierce, PhD, RN, CNS, CRRN, FAHA, Associate Professor, Medical College of Ohio School of Nursing, 3015 Arlington Ave, Toledo, OH 43614 (e-mail: email@example.com). CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: July-August 2002 - Volume 20 - Issue 4 - p 157-164 Buy Abstract The primary aim of this feasibility study was to determine if caregivers (n = 5) were willing and able to use Caring~Web©, a Web-based intervention for support, from their home Internet connection for 3 months. The caregivers’ perceived health and satisfaction with caring, as well as the care recipients’ use of healthcare services, were recorded. The experience of caring (problems and successes) was examined. Data were collected via weekly online surveys and e-mail discussions. Descriptive analyses revealed that the 3 caregivers who completed the study were satisfied with Caring~Web©. Caregivers rated their health as average to excellent and their satisfaction with caring as good. Care recipients averaged 6 calls/visits to a medical office with one emergency room visit and subsequent hospitalization. Major problems for the caregivers included dealing with medical conditions about which they lacked knowledge. Content analysis of the e-mail discussions revealed that subjects sought information about medical conditions related to caring for the survivor of the stroke. Major successes for the caregivers involved communicating effectively with the care recipient and returning to everyday life with family and friends. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.