Title: Stroke caregivers' strain: prevalence and determinants in the first six months after stroke
Authors: Baert, Ilse ×
Feys, Hilde
De Wit, Liesbet
Putman, Koen
De Weerdt, Willy #
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Series Title: Disability and rehabilitation vol:30 issue:7 pages:523-530
Abstract: Purpose – Many disabled stroke survivors live at home supported by informal caregivers. Research has revealed that these caregivers are experiencing strain. This study aims to examine the prevalence and differences over time of caregivers’ strain in the first 6 months post stroke and to predict caregiver strain based on patients’ and caregivers’ characteristics and service input.
Method – Ninety consecutive patients and their caregivers were assessed at 2, 4 and 6 months post stroke. The Caregiver Strain Index was used to evaluate strain. Patients’ motor function, functional ability, health status, emotion and participation, and caregivers’ gender and relation to the patient, and service input after discharge were measured to determine the predictive factors.
Results – Nearly one out of three caregivers experienced strain. No differences were seen between 2, 4 and 6 months post stroke. Correlation and multiple regression analyses revealed that in predicting strain, the patients’ functional and activity level plays an important role in the subacute phase while the participation level gets more important over time.
Conclusions –These findings emphasize the importance of maximal physical recovery and optimal reintegration in the community. This is not only essential for the patients themselves but also a prerequisite to reduce the strain of their caregivers.
ISSN: 0963-8288
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Adapted Physical Activity and Psychomotor Rehabilitation
Research Group for Neuromotor Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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