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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157986
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Restructuring Life: Preparing for and Beginning a New Caregiving Role
Abstract:
Restructuring Life: Preparing for and Beginning a New Caregiving Role
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2005
Author:Silva-Smith, Amy, PhD, APRN, ANP
P.I. Institution Name:University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
Title:Assistant Professor
Contact Address:1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, PO Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO, 80933-7150, USA
Contact Telephone:719-262-4490
Purposes/Aims: In prior research, caregivers of stroke survivors reported having an inadequate understanding of the skills and knowledge they needed to care for their family member following discharge. While previous research has highlighted the challenges associated with caregiving in this context, little is known about how caregivers experience the process of preparing for and beginning their new role after a family member's stroke. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of caregivers of stroke survivors as they prepared for and began their new role. Rationale/Background: In much of the prior research related to family caregiving in the context of a family member's stroke, data has been collected retrospectively. It is possible that participants recall their thoughts and feelings from months or years prior with less accuracy. The goal of this study was to obtain a more in-depth understanding of the process by conducting the interviews both before and after discharge of the stroke survivor, which comprised the time frame during which caregivers were preparing for and just beginning their new roles. Methods: Twenty-three interviews were conducted with 12 participants who were family members of a person who had recently had a moderate to severe stroke. The first interview with each participant occurred while the stroke survivor was hospitalized and focused on the experiences of preparing for a new caregiving role. The second interview took place 4 weeks following discharge to the family home and focused on the experiences that occurred during the remaining hospitalization and in the initial weeks following hospital discharge. The methodology of grounded theory and constant comparative analysis, as described by Glaser and Strauss (1967), was utilized to analyze the interview transcripts. Results: The core social psychological process of Restructuring Life for Caregiving was identified from the interview data. The process of Restructuring occurred within 5 dimensions of the participants' lives - daily life, management of multiple roles, relationship with the stroke survivor, time for self, and future hopes and plans. In addition, a pattern was noted across the experiences of the participants which included the activities of "waiting," "rearranging," and "stabilizing." This pattern represents specific aspects of the restructuring process for the participants of this study. Implications: The findings of this study provide new information which may improve the ability of nurses and other health professionals to assess caregivers in 5 dimensions of their lives that may be affected by their caregiving role. The identification of a pattern associated with restructuring may have methodological implications for grounded theory studies conducted with a longitudinal design. The pattern associated with the process of restructuring may also provide a better understanding of the appropriate timing and focus of interventions during a caregiver's course of preparing for and beginning a new caregiver role.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleRestructuring Life: Preparing for and Beginning a New Caregiving Roleen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157986-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Restructuring Life: Preparing for and Beginning a New Caregiving Role</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2005</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Silva-Smith, Amy, PhD, APRN, ANP</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">University of Colorado-Colorado Springs</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Assistant Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway, PO Box 7150, Colorado Springs, CO, 80933-7150, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">719-262-4490</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">asilvasm@uccs.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purposes/Aims: In prior research, caregivers of stroke survivors reported having an inadequate understanding of the skills and knowledge they needed to care for their family member following discharge. While previous research has highlighted the challenges associated with caregiving in this context, little is known about how caregivers experience the process of preparing for and beginning their new role after a family member's stroke. The purpose of this study was to describe the experiences of caregivers of stroke survivors as they prepared for and began their new role. Rationale/Background: In much of the prior research related to family caregiving in the context of a family member's stroke, data has been collected retrospectively. It is possible that participants recall their thoughts and feelings from months or years prior with less accuracy. The goal of this study was to obtain a more in-depth understanding of the process by conducting the interviews both before and after discharge of the stroke survivor, which comprised the time frame during which caregivers were preparing for and just beginning their new roles. Methods: Twenty-three interviews were conducted with 12 participants who were family members of a person who had recently had a moderate to severe stroke. The first interview with each participant occurred while the stroke survivor was hospitalized and focused on the experiences of preparing for a new caregiving role. The second interview took place 4 weeks following discharge to the family home and focused on the experiences that occurred during the remaining hospitalization and in the initial weeks following hospital discharge. The methodology of grounded theory and constant comparative analysis, as described by Glaser and Strauss (1967), was utilized to analyze the interview transcripts. Results: The core social psychological process of Restructuring Life for Caregiving was identified from the interview data. The process of Restructuring occurred within 5 dimensions of the participants' lives - daily life, management of multiple roles, relationship with the stroke survivor, time for self, and future hopes and plans. In addition, a pattern was noted across the experiences of the participants which included the activities of &quot;waiting,&quot; &quot;rearranging,&quot; and &quot;stabilizing.&quot; This pattern represents specific aspects of the restructuring process for the participants of this study. Implications: The findings of this study provide new information which may improve the ability of nurses and other health professionals to assess caregivers in 5 dimensions of their lives that may be affected by their caregiving role. The identification of a pattern associated with restructuring may have methodological implications for grounded theory studies conducted with a longitudinal design. The pattern associated with the process of restructuring may also provide a better understanding of the appropriate timing and focus of interventions during a caregiver's course of preparing for and beginning a new caregiver role.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:23:49Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:23:49Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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