Information provision to clients with stroke and their carers: Self-reported practices of occupational therapists

Gustafsson, Louise, Hodge, Anna, Robinson, Mia, McKenna, Kryss and Bower, Kylie (2010) Information provision to clients with stroke and their carers: Self-reported practices of occupational therapists. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57 3: 190-196. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2008.00765.x

Author Gustafsson, Louise
Hodge, Anna
Robinson, Mia
McKenna, Kryss
Bower, Kylie
Title Information provision to clients with stroke and their carers: Self-reported practices of occupational therapists
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
Publication date 2010-06
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2008.00765.x
Volume 57
Issue 3
Start page 190
End page 196
Total pages 7
Editor Elspeth Froude
Janet Fricke
Place of publication Richmond, VIC, Australia
Publisher Blackwell Science
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The literature promotes the use of a wide range of educational materials for teaching and training clients with chronic conditions such as stroke. Client education is a valuable tool used by occupational therapists to facilitate client and carer ability to manage the stroke-affected upper limb. The aim of this study was to identify what information was provided to clients and carers, how this information was delivered, when the information was delivered and the client factors that influenced the method of information provision.

Methods: Convenience and snowball sampling was used to recruit occupational therapists working in stroke. Twenty-eight participants completed the study questionnaire anonymously and their responses were summarised descriptively.

Results: There was a clinically important trend for carers to receive less information than clients. Written and/or verbal information was the favoured method for delivering information related to handling (57%), soft-tissue injury minimisation (46.4%) and oedema management (50%). Information was delivered with decreasing frequency from admission (86%) to discharge (64%). More than 90% of participants indicated that the client's cognitive ability, visual ability, level of communication, primary language and perceptual ability were considered prior to the delivery of information.

Discussion: Participants regularly conveyed information to clients and carers with respect to management of the stroke-affected upper limb. However, an increased emphasis on the development of practical self-management skills, awareness of the impact of personal factors and a timeline for information provision may prove useful.
© 2009 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2009 Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Keyword Client education
Upper limb
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article first published online: 14 JAN 2009. Authors prepress title: "Providing information to clients and carers with stroke about care of the stroke-affected upper limb: A review of occupational therapy practice".

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