Evidence-Based Educational Guidelines for Stroke Survivors After Discharge Home

Sharon K. Ostwald, PhD RN FGSA; Sally Davis, MSN RN; Gayle Hersch, PhD OTR; Carolyn Kelley, DScPT PT NCS; Kyler M. Godwin, MPH


J Neurosci Nurs. 2008;40(3):173-179,191. 

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Profile of Stroke Survivors

The average stroke survivor was 66.4 years old (SD = 9.14); survivors were 50–88 years of age. Minority groups were represented in 29 (40%) families. This was the first stroke for 52 (72%) of the stroke survivors; 40 patients (56.3%) had right hemispheric strokes. Twenty-five patients (34.7%) had been identified in the hospital as having depression, and 44 patients (61%) were sent home with antidepressant medications. After discharge, survivors were prescribed an average of 12 (SD = 5.01, range = 2–24) different medications. Sociodemographic and comorbidity characteristics of stroke survivors who received the educational program are shown in Table 1 .


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