Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Stroke. 1999 Jul;30(7):1478-85.

Family caregiving for patients with stroke. Review and analysis.

Author information

1
Department of Gerontology, University of South Florida, Tampa, USA. hhan@luna.cas.usf.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The literature on family caregiving for stroke patients is reviewed with the goals of (1) evaluating the effects of stroke caregiving on caregivers' well-being, (2) outlining deficiencies and methodological limitations of current research, and (3) outlining policy and practice implications of current studies.

SUMMARY OF REVIEW:

A total of 20 published stroke caregiving research articles were included in this review. Across studies, the effects of stroke caregiving on caregivers' well-being and the significant predictors of caregivers' depression were analyzed. Current evidence suggests that stroke caregivers have elevated levels of depression at both the acute stroke phase and the chronic stroke phase. However, major gaps are apparent in this literature, with few studies addressing such areas as caregiver physical health, ethnicity, and caregiver interventions.

CONCLUSIONS:

Given the increasing prevalence of stroke as well as the increasing pressures on families to provide care, more research is needed to guide policy and practice in this understudied topic.

PMID:
10390326
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Loading ...
Support Center