Meeting the unmet informational needs of stroke patients and their carers

Hoffmann, Tammy, McKenna, Kryss, Worrall, Linda and Read, Stephen (2003). Meeting the unmet informational needs of stroke patients and their carers. In: Leading Change: OT Australia 22nd National Conference & Exhibition, Melbourne, Australia, (). 6-9 April 2003.


Author Hoffmann, Tammy
McKenna, Kryss
Worrall, Linda
Read, Stephen
Title of paper Meeting the unmet informational needs of stroke patients and their carers
Conference name Leading Change: OT Australia 22nd National Conference & Exhibition
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 6-9 April 2003
Convener Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Publication Year 2003
Sub-type Fully published paper
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
Introduction
The provision of education to stroke patients and their carers should be an integral component of the post-stroke intervention process. Patient education can allay anxiety, enhance compliance and adjustment, and increase patient satisfaction (O’Mahoney et al., 1997). Written information has particular advantages as it offers message consistency, can be referred to when required, and aids recall (Bernier, 1993). Even though it is the shared responsibility of all members of the health care team to provide the patient with adequate education, previous research has shown that a surprisingly low proportion of patients report receiving information about stroke (Wellwood et al., 1994). Research also suggests that when written information is received, its readability level may be too high (Sullivan et al., 2001). This paper will describe the findings of a study that is examining current practice in the provision of the written information to stroke patients and their carers.

Discussion and conclusion
These results clearly show that the informational needs of stroke patients and their carers are not being met by current practice. The majority of patients would have liked to receive information about stroke, but only a small proportion did. The average reading grade level of provided material was substantially higher than the Grade 5 reading level that is recommended when educating patients (Ley et al., 1996).
Subjects 1103 Clinical Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Keyword Stroke patients
Information needs
Carers
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

 
Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Created: Wed, 10 Mar 2010, 10:38:53 EST by Jon Swabey on behalf of Faculty Of Health Sciences