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Healthcare and support needs of stroke patients with mild cognitive impairments and support needs of caregiving partners three months post-stroke: an exploratory qualitative study

Rasing, N.L. (2017) Healthcare and support needs of stroke patients with mild cognitive impairments and support needs of caregiving partners three months post-stroke: an exploratory qualitative study.

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Abstract:The aim of this exploratory qualitative study was to assess experienced consequences of stroke, healthcare and support needs of home-dwelling stroke patients with mild cognitive impairments and support needs of their caregiving partners three months post-stroke. Patients were selected based on scores on cognitive tests six weeks post-stroke, indicating presence of at least mild cognitive impairments. Semi-structured interviews were developed and conducted amongst ten stroke patients and six partners. Most prevalent cognitive impairments concerned memory, attention or concentration, planning or scheduling, and speed of thinking. Most prevalent change for the partner was an increase in worries about their partner. Received healthcare was evaluated minimal though sufficient, however, several unmet needs during hospital stay and after discharge were mentioned. The most pressing need concerned information provision and availability of information, for both patients and caregiving partners. Evaluation of existing interventions concerning information, education and training, peer contact, tools for cognitive impairments, and support in daily life, showed that both home-dwelling stroke patients and their partners hardly feel the need for additional healthcare or support concerning mild cognitive impairments of the patient three months post-stroke.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Medical Spectrum Twente, Enschede, Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/73196
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