Development of a Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Stroke Caregivers

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Buntawan Hirunkhro
Sitti Artirattana
Supatra Aungsurojkul
Pornpachon Kittipenkul

Abstract

        Cerebrovascular disease leaves survivors with debilitating ADL limitations and dependency. Home rehabilitation is one means of recovery and improvement of self-care ability. Therefore, instruction about home rehabilitation is essential. The purpose of this research was to develop the Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Stroke Caregivers; and use the handbook as a guideline for providing rehabilitation services for caregivers of stroke patients. Based on a Research and Development design, this study was conducted from October of 2007 to October of 2008 at hospitals in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The research methods were as follows: Phase 1: collecting data on the home rehabilitation problems and needs of stroke patients and caregivers; Phase 2: developing the Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Stroke Caregivers based on the data from Phase 1 and Phase 3: handbook testing with 30 pairs of purposively selected stroke patients and caregivers. The effectiveness of thehandbook was evaluated by comparing the patients’ADL capacity before and after participating in the program. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics and simple pair t-test.
        The analysis showed that the mean scores for the ADL capacity of the stroke patients before and after receiving home rehabilitation care with the Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Stroke thus indicating that patients’ ADL post-program mean scores were significantly higher their pre-program scores (p<0.05).  Therefore, it can be concluded the Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Care Givers helped increase knowledge and skills for rehabilitation among stroke caregivers which further resulted in improved self-care ability. For these reasons, further use of the Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Caregiversis highly recommended.

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Hirunkhro B, Artirattana S, Aungsurojkul S, Kittipenkul P. Development of a Home Rehabilitation Handbook for Stroke Caregivers. J Public Hlth Dev [Internet]. 2009 Jul. 12 [cited 2024 Apr. 22];7(2):82-100. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/AIHD-MU/article/view/105343
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Author Biographies

Buntawan Hirunkhro, Boromarajonani college of nursing Jakkriraj, Lat Bua Khao, Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi 70110

Professional Nursing

Boromarajonani college of nursing Jakkriraj

Lat Bua Khao, Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi 70110

 

Sitti Artirattana, Boromarajonani college of nursing Jakkriraj Lat Bua Khao, Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi 70110

Senior Professional Nursing

Boromarajonani college of nursing Jakkriraj

Lat Bua Khao, Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi 70110

Supatra Aungsurojkul, Damnoen Saduak Hospital, Ratchaburi 70130

Damnoen Saduak Hospital,

Tha Nat, Dam Noen Saduak, Ratchaburi, 70130

Pornpachon Kittipenkul, Ban Pong Hospital Maen Ramluek Rd., Na Mueang, Muang Ratchaburi, Ratchaburi, 70000

Ban Pong Hospital

Maen Ramluek Rd., Na Mueang, Muang Ratchaburi, Ratchaburi, 70000