RESEARCH FEATURESUsing the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home After Stroke Instrument to Identify Stroke Caregiver Concerns Predischarge: Uncertainty, Anticipation, and Cues to ActionCamicia, Michelle PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, FARN1; Lutz, Barbara J. PhD, RN, CRRN PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN2; Harvath, Theresa A. PhD, RN, FAAN, FGSA3; Joseph, Jill G. MD, PhD, MPH3Author Information 1 Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, Vallejo, CA, USA 2 School of Nursing, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC, USA 3 The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, University of California-Davis, Davis, CA, USA Correspondence: Michelle Camicia, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center, Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, 975 Sereno Drive, Vallejo, CA 94589. E-mail: [email protected] Cite this article as: Camicia, M., Lutz, B. J., A. Harvath, T. A., & Joseph, J. G (2021). Using the preparedness assessment for the transition home after stroke instrument to identify stroke caregiver concerns predischarge. Rehabilitation Nursing, 46(1), 33–42. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000267 Rehabilitation Nursing: 1/2 2021 - Volume 46 - Issue 1 - p 33-42 doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000267 Buy Take the CE Test Metrics Abstract Purpose The aim of the study was to better understand caregivers’ concerns about long-term implications of stroke and the caregiving role after completing the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home After Stroke (PATH-s). Design/Methods In this qualitative study, cognitive interviews were conducted with 20 stroke caregivers who completed the PATH-s tool as part of an instrument validation study. Data were analyzed for salient themes related to their perceptions about stroke and the caregiving role. Findings Interviews yielded robust narrative data describing how the PATH-s items aided caregivers in recognizing potential issues and concerns about stroke and the caregiving role. Caregivers experienced uncertainty about the long-term stroke prognosis, which provoked anticipation and cues to action to begin addressing their concerns. Conclusions/Clinical Relevance Completing the PATH-s helped caregivers identify concerns regarding the long-term implications of stroke and their caregiving role. It may serve as an important assessment tool to assist rehabilitation nurses to better understand and address caregiver needs predischarge. Copyright © 2020 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.