Education is essential for successful transition from hospital to home, for both persons with stroke and their caregivers. Guided by Orem's self-care deficit nursing theory, this article identifies self-care needs about which physical and occupational therapists believe caregivers most frequently want information. The therapists (N = 113), who responded to a mailed survey, were mostly White women prepared at the graduate educational level in the eastern United States. Descriptive statistics revealed that demonstrating safe transfer techniques was the most frequently chosen information need (82%) identified by physical and occupational therapists surveyed.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Amanda M. Cook, BSN RN, at firstname.lastname@example.org. She is a clinical intructor in nursing education at the EHOVE Adult Career Center, Milan, OH.
Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA, is a professor at the Medical University of Ohio-Toledo, College of Nursing, Toledo, OH.
Barbara Hicks, MSN RNC, is an associate professor at the Medical University of Ohio-Toledo, College of Nursing.
Victoria Steiner, PhD, is an assistant professor at the Medical University of Ohio-Toledo, College of Nursing.
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