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Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 1992 Jun;71(3):135-9.

The family's role in stroke rehabilitation. A review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle.


Clinical and research attention in stroke care has been on managing the acute stage of stroke recovery and on evaluating the effectiveness of relatively short-term rehabilitation programs. However, studies suggest that stroke can diminish quality of life and the well-being of patients' families. This article reviews the literature pertaining to the effects of stroke on family functioning and discusses stroke in terms of clinical problems that make rehabilitation a family dilemma. Issues identified in the literature include the need for family assessment, education, advocacy and counseling to foster treatment compliance and social support after stroke.

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