Changes that can accompany stroke may create considerable stress for individuals caring for the affected person. This study explored the coping process for nine ruraldwelling caregivers of persons with stroke and the responses of these caregivers to a Web-based support program. The qualitative data management program QSR N 5 was used to analyze quotes from telephone interviews and computer entries. Stories of how caregivers came together and supported one another emerged from the data collected as part of a larger study that examined the experience of caring. Friedemann's framework of systemic organization guided data analysis and interpretation. Actions demonstrated by the caregivers illustrated the process of crisis resolution through family togetherness in which nurses were included. The findings of this study aided in understanding this process and gave direction for nurses working with such clients.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to: Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA, by phone at 419/383-5852 or by e-mail at email@example.com. She is a professor at the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH.
Victoria Steiner, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Medical College of Ohio.
Amy L. Govoni, MSN RN CS, is an associate professor at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, OH.
Barbara Hicks, MSN RNC, is an associate professor at the Medical College of Ohio.
Teresa L. Cervantez Thompson, PhD RN CRRN-A, is an assistant professor at Oakland University, Rochester, MI.
Marie-Luise Friedemann, PhD RN, is at Florida International University, Miami, FL.
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