Volume 22, Issue 3 (10-2014)                   Avicenna J Nurs Midwifery Care 2014, 22(3): 73-82 | Back to browse issues page

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1- Hamadan University of Medical Sciences
2- Hamadan University of Medical Sciences , m-khatiban@umsha.ac.ir
3- Department of Nursing Education, School of Medical Sciences, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran
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  Background: Family members of patients with cerebral infarction experience disruptions in their social activities enduring physical and mental pressure and stress due to their sudden encounter with stroke and the adopting of a new role as caregiver. present study was conducted to determine the effect of family-centered empowerment intervention on perceived severity of threat in caregivers of patients with stroke. 

  Methods: The present semi-empirical study with a before and after design was conducted in two groups of 88 caregivers in total selected through convenience sampling and randomly divided into a case group and a control groups of equal size (n=44). The research tool consisted of a demographic characteristics questionnaire, the Bortle scale and the perceived severity of threat questionnaire, which were completed before and then one month after the educational intervention by all the caregivers. The educational intervention was conducted in groups of 11 and over 2 sessions. Data were analyzed using the chi-squared test and the paired and independent t-tests at the confidence level of 95%.

  Result: There were no significant differences between the mean scores of perceived severity of threat in the groups before the intervention (P=0.941). One month after the intervention, however, significant differences were observed in the mean scores of perceived severity of threat in the three dimensions, namely the social, physical and spiritual dimensions, in the case group compared to the controls (P<0.05).

  Conclusion: Family-centered empowerment interventions can reduce care pressures and physical and mental stresses and social isolation in caregivers of patients with stroke.


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Type of Study: Original Research | Subject: Nursing
Received: 2014/10/26 | Accepted: 2014/12/17 | Published: 2014/12/24

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