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Int J Rehabil Res. 1999 Sep;22(3):171-9.

Changes in family functioning for stroke rehabilitation patients and their families.

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Flinders University of South Australia, Bedford Park, Australia.


This study charted changes over time in the family functioning of a group of stroke rehabilitation patients and their families. Participants were 60 12-month stroke survivors who had undergone an inpatient rehabilitation programme, 46 spouses, and 25 other family members. Participants were assessed at the time of admission to and discharge from rehabilitation, and 6 and 12 months after discharge. The study was undertaken in the rehabilitation unit at Repatriation General Hospital, in Adelaide, South Australia. Family functioning was assessed using the McMaster Family Assessment Device, and functional outcome was monitored with the competence scale of the Australian ADL Index. Longitudinal change in family functioning was observed in problem solving, family communication, role definition, behaviour control, and affective involvement. There were no significant differences between the family functioning ratings provided by patients and their spouses. It is important that consideration be given to means by which the increase in family dysfunction following stroke can be addressed.

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