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Listing of articles in 2006 -> January/February.
Editorial: One of Life's Journeys
Linda L. Pierce, PhD RN CNS CRRN FAHA Professor Medical University of Ohio at Toledo Guest Editor
 
My mother had been treated for high blood pressure for several years. She was a White woman less than 5 feet in height and 100 pounds in weight, but she had genetic links to high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. In addition, she...

Stroke Prevention Education in the Hispanic Community
Sylvia A. Duraski, MS RN CS CRRN-A
 
The Hispanic population is the fastest growing minority population in the United States. Little research has been done to assess the stroke risk in the Hispanic population, which has a higher prevalence of hypertension, diabetes, alco...

Medications, Comorbidities, and Medical Complications in Stroke Survivors: The CAReS Study
Sharon K. Ostwald, PhD RN FGSA Joan Wasserman, MBA DrPH RN Sally Davis, MSN RN
 
Stroke survivors enter rehabilitation units with many medical comorbidities and often experience significant complications during their stays. The 97 stroke survivors discharged home in this study received prescriptions for a mean of ...

Testing a Model of Post-Stroke Exercise Behavior
Marianne Shaughnessy, PhD CRNP Barbara M. Resnick, PhD CRNP Richard F. Macko, MD
 
Stroke is the leading cause of disability in older Americans, and survivors tend to be sedentary, thereby risking loss of functional gains achieved during rehabilitation and increasing cardiovascular risk. Studies of motivation to exe...

FIM Score, FIM Efficiency, and Discharge Disposition Following Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation
Kari L. Bottemiller, RN MS Patti L. Bieber, RN MS Jeffrey R. Basford, MD PhD Marcelline Harris, RN PhD
 
The Functional Independence Measure(FIM) is a widely accepted scale used to measure the functional abilities of patients undergoing rehabilitation. Scores at the extremes of this scale correlate with discharge disposition, while m...

Caregiver Perspectives of Memory and Behavior Changes in Stroke Survivors
Patricia C. Clark, PhD RN FAHA FAAN Sandra B. Dunbar, RN DSN FAAN Dawn M. Aycock, MSN RN Elizabeth Courtney, MA OT/L Steven L. Wolf, PhD PT FAPTA
 
Post-stroke memory and behavior changes (MBC) are associated with negative outcomes for stroke survivors and caregivers. This article describes the types of MBC that occur most frequently and caregivers' responses to these behaviors...

Outcomes Among Family Caregivers of Aphasic Versus Nonaphasic Stroke Survivors
Tamilyn Bakas, DNS RN FAHA • Kurt Kroenke, MD • Laurie D. Plue, MA • Susan M. Perkins, PhD • Linda S. Williams, MD FAHA
 
Adverse consequences are known to occur in family members responsible for providing care to stroke survivors. However, the differential effect of aphasic versus nonaphasic stroke on caregivers has not been well studied. This study com...

Clinical Consultation: Stroke Unit Fall Prevention: An Interdisciplinary, Data-Driven Approach
 
Situation: Frustration came over me as I shuffled through the file cabinet looking for the folder containing the blank incident report forms. As a manager, I felt that the entire stroke team had failed in the eyes of the patient and his loved ones. I ...