This study aimed to determine current practice in the provision of written information to 57 stroke patients and their carers. It also explored their informational needs while in hospital and 6 months later and examined the suitability of the written materials received, comparing readability levels to participants’ general reading ability. While in hospital, 22.8% of patients and 41.7% of carers received written information, yet 91.2% of patients and 100% of carers wanted information. More than half of the participants wanted information on preventing strokes, causes and risk factors of stroke, recovery, what a stroke is, strokerelated medications and sources of further information. At 6 months after stroke, 75.5% of patients and all carers wanted further information. The mean SMOG readability level of the written materials received was equivalent to a grade 11 level of education, compared to the patients’ mean reading ability, which was equivalent to a 7th-8th grade reading level. The authors conclude that stroke patients and their carers want substantially more information than they are receiving, both while in hospital and 6 months later. The majority of written information that is distributed to these people is unsuitable in terms of readability levels and other factors.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jul 2004|