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Vol 9, No 1 (2007)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2007-03-14
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Social support among patients after cerebral stroke during hospitalization (preliminary report)

Marcelina Skrzypek, Walenty M. Nyka, Lucyna Wilczewska, Mariusz Siemiński, Magdalena Karwacka, Agata Janowicz, Anna Trybull, Magdalena Kass
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2007;9(1):32-42.

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Vol 9, No 1 (2007)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2007-03-14

Abstract


Background. Social support is understood as a special kind of help, which is delivered to individual person or to groups of patients specially for mobilization their strength, potential and resources to contrive with problems. The purpose of the study was to assess the demand for support in the population of patients after cerebral stroke during hospitalization with declared expected and received support. Social support was assessed using an original questionnaire for patients focused on three domains of declared social support: the emotional support, informative support and technical support (understood as performing specialized medical procedures). Questions apply to acute and post-acute phases of stroke.
Material and methods. The reaserched population was 50 patients hospitalized in Neurology Ward (in Gdansk and Gdynia). The mean age was 69 ± 13. The majority of patients underwent ischemic cerebral stroke (94%), but 6% had brain haemmorhage.
Results. Patients received less emotional and informative support from nurses, than they expexcted in both phases. During the next days of hospitalization doctors should give more emotional and informative support. The families gave such support, as patients expected. 50% patients were definitively satisfied of received support from doctors and nurses. Expected support does not depend on patients age and sex, but it depends on stroke phase (p < 0.05).
Conclusions. The researched population should be increased with other variables. We need to make a special scale to assess the demand for support among patients after cerebral stroke during hospitalization. Most patients declared that they received less informative support than they expexcted so nowadays we are preparing a professional education program for patients after cerebral stroke and their carers.

Abstract


Background. Social support is understood as a special kind of help, which is delivered to individual person or to groups of patients specially for mobilization their strength, potential and resources to contrive with problems. The purpose of the study was to assess the demand for support in the population of patients after cerebral stroke during hospitalization with declared expected and received support. Social support was assessed using an original questionnaire for patients focused on three domains of declared social support: the emotional support, informative support and technical support (understood as performing specialized medical procedures). Questions apply to acute and post-acute phases of stroke.
Material and methods. The reaserched population was 50 patients hospitalized in Neurology Ward (in Gdansk and Gdynia). The mean age was 69 ± 13. The majority of patients underwent ischemic cerebral stroke (94%), but 6% had brain haemmorhage.
Results. Patients received less emotional and informative support from nurses, than they expexcted in both phases. During the next days of hospitalization doctors should give more emotional and informative support. The families gave such support, as patients expected. 50% patients were definitively satisfied of received support from doctors and nurses. Expected support does not depend on patients age and sex, but it depends on stroke phase (p < 0.05).
Conclusions. The researched population should be increased with other variables. We need to make a special scale to assess the demand for support among patients after cerebral stroke during hospitalization. Most patients declared that they received less informative support than they expexcted so nowadays we are preparing a professional education program for patients after cerebral stroke and their carers.
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Keywords

stroke; cerebrovascular accident; social support

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Title

Social support among patients after cerebral stroke during hospitalization (preliminary report)

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 9, No 1 (2007)

Pages

32-42

Published online

2007-03-14

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2007;9(1):32-42.

Keywords

stroke
cerebrovascular accident
social support

Authors

Marcelina Skrzypek
Walenty M. Nyka
Lucyna Wilczewska
Mariusz Siemiński
Magdalena Karwacka
Agata Janowicz
Anna Trybull
Magdalena Kass

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