Volume 17, Issue 2 (June 2019)                   Iranian Rehabilitation Journal 2019, 17(2): 113-120 | Back to browse issues page


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Mohammadi S, Zabolypour S, Ghaffari F, Arazi T. The Effect of Family-Oriented Discharge Program on the Level of Preparedness for Care-Giving and Stress Experienced by the Family of Stroke Survivors . Iranian Rehabilitation Journal. 2019; 17 (2) :113-120
URL: http://irj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-895-en.html
1- Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Ramsar School of Nursing and Midwifery, Babol University of Medical Sciences, Babol, Iran.
2- Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Yasuj University of Medical Sciences, Yasuj, Iran.
3- Department of Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Neyshabur University of Medical Sciences, Neyshabur, Iran.
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Objectives: Many families in Iran fail to adapt to their new role of being a stroke caregiver and experience high levels of distress; thus, they may need some form of support. The present study aimed to develop a discharge planning program for the family caregivers of stroke patients in Iran. We also determined the program efficacy on their level of stress and preparedness for caregiving.
Methods: A post-test only randomized controlled trial design was conducted on 60 family caregivers of stroke survivors. The study participants (n=30) in the experimental group received a family caregiver-oriented discharge planning program consisting of 3 phases; assessing families’ educational needs, educating families, and follow-up calls. The routine hospital care was provided to the controls (n=30). The data were collected using Kingston Caregiver Stress Scale and the Preparedness for Caregiving scale. Data were analyzed by SPSS. 
Results: The level of preparedness for caregiving was significantly higher in the experimental group. The experimental group experienced lower levels of stress, compared to the control group members (P<0.001).
Discussion: To enhance family preparedness for caregiving and decrease their stress, it is necessary to use a discharge planning program with an emphasis on individualized education and post-discharge follow-up. This program could be implemented in Iranian hospitals at a low cost. The findings of this study may provide a reference for specialist nurses who cope with stroke caregivers in Iran.
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Type of Study: Original Research Articles | Subject: Nursing
Received: 2018/09/25 | Accepted: 2019/02/3 | Published: 2019/06/1

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