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J Vasc Nurs. 1998 Sep;16(3):62-7.

The stroke patient and assessment of caregiver needs.

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Division of Vascular Surgery, Saint Louis University Health Sciences Center, Mo. 63110-0250, USA.


Currently, morbidity and mortality rates after stroke are declining as a result of advances in medical care and technology. Despite this decline, the physical, emotional, and psychologic effects of stroke remain devastating. Continuous requirements and long-term commitment with limited resources are a reality for many caregivers. Common problems include role changes, stress, social isolation, and financial burden. A supportive and encouraging atmosphere by the caregiver and an understanding of the emotional and physical challenges that are faced by the person who has had a stroke are essential determinants of a successful rehabilitation.

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