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Clinical Implications of Family-Centered Care in Stroke Rehabilitation

Creasy, Kerry Rae PhD, PMHNP-BC, ARNP1; Lutz, Barbara J. PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CRRN, FAHA, FAAN2; Young, Mary Ellen PhD3; Stacciarini, Jeanne-Marie R. PhD, RN1

doi: 10.1002/rnj.188
Continuing Education

Purpose: Most stroke survivors will be cared for at home by family caregivers with limited training. Families actively involved in rehabilitation feel more prepared for the new responsibilities of caring for the stroke survivor. The focus of this article is to highlight the relevant concepts of a family-centered model of care and provide general guidance on how integrating a family-centered mindset may be clinically applicable.

Design: Concept Analysis.

Methods: Synthesis of literature on family-centered care and its application in for rehabilitation nurses.

Findings: Family-centered care is a model of collaborative healthcare that encourages collaboration and partnership among patients, families, and providers with respect to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of health care. Care provided within such a model can expand providers' knowledge of the impact of illness and any issues that may affect eventual transition back home.

Conclusion: Rehabilitation nurses should view stroke patients and family caregivers as a unit. Using family-centered strategies can help nurses provide appropriate, individualized care during rehabilitation.

1 College of Nursing, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

2 School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA

3 College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Accepted 1 September 2014


Barbara Lutz, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, School of Nursing, 601 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403


Grant numbers: R15NR009800 R15NR012169.

Grant number: UL1 TR000064.

© 2015 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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