Family member knowledge and expectations for functional recovery after stroke

Joel Stein, Saad Shafqat, Daniel Doherty, Elizabeth P. Frates, Karen L. Furie

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Objective: To assess the stroke knowledge and expectations for recovery among the family members of stroke patients in an acute rehabilitation hospital. Design: Survey study of 50 family members of stroke patients undergoing inpatient rehabilitation at a single urban rehabilitation hospital. Results: Sixty percent of participants were able to identify whether their family member had sustained a cerebral hemorrhage or infarct; 48% were able to identify at least one treatment provided to their family member for his or her stroke. The average length of stay predicted by participants closely matched the average patient length of stay. Participants tended to overestimate the functional abilities of their family member with a stroke, both on initial assessment and discharge. This overestimation was more substantial for discharge functional ability than for initial assessment. Participants were able to predict discharge location with substantial accuracy (82% agreement, kappa = 0.41). Conclusions: The knowledge of stroke etiology and functional outcome of family members of individuals undergoing rehabilitation after stroke shows significant limitations. Participants' ability to predict functional outcome on discharge was worse than their knowledge of current functional status. Participant predictions of length of stay and discharge disposition were areas of relative strength. Further efforts are needed to enhance the knowledge level of family members of patients undergoing rehabilitation after stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Caregivers
  • Health Education
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke


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