Exploring the care needs of stroke survivors and family carers in hospital to home transition

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Chen, Langduo
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Flinders University
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Background Hospital to home transition is the most stressful period for stroke survivors and family carers, especially in the context of shortened hospital stay and early discharge. They face enormous challenges to adapt to home care environments for continuing recovery. They also encounter great difficulties in exploring suitable rehabilitation and care services. Studies on determining and meeting their care needs and expectations in this transition period are much needed to enhance consumer-directed transition care. Aim To explore stroke survivors' and family carers' experiences, perspectives and expectations in transition care and rehabilitation. The objectives are: 1. to explore enablers and barriers in transition care from the perspectives of stroke survivors and family carers in a global context; 2. to understand the experience, perceptions and expectations of stroke survivors and family carers during hospital to home transition in an Australian context; 3. to understand healthcare professionals' perspectives of approaches to identify and meet transition care and rehabilitation needs of the consumers; 4. to develop an evidence-informed hospital to home transition care model and pathways to enhance consumer-directed transition care and rehabilitation services. Study plan A two-stage study will be conducted. In Stage 1, a systematic review using meta-synthesis of qualitative studies will be undertaken to address objectives 1 and 4. In Stage 2, a qualitative study informed by Gadamer's phenomenological hermeneutics will be conducted to address objectives 2-4. In-depth interviews with stroke survivors and family carers, and focus groups with healthcare professionals involved in transition care and rehabilitation services will be applied to collect data.
This abstract was prepared for the inaugural 'HDR Student Conference', Flinders University, November 2018. Copyright © the author
Stroke, Survivor, Family Carer, Transition Care, Discharge
Chen, Langduo (2018, November) Exploring the care needs of stroke survivors and family carers in hospital to home transition Paper presented at 'HDR Student conference', Flinders University, Bedford Park.