The evidence-base for stroke education in care homes

Lorraine N. Smith*, Louise E. Craig, Christopher J. Weir, Christine H. McAlpine

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Research questions: 1. What are registered care home nurses' educational priorities regarding stroke care? 2. What are senior care home assistants' educational priorities regarding stroke care? 3. How do care home nurses conceive stroke care will be delivered in 2010? Study design: This was a 2-year study using focus groups, stroke guidelines, professional recommendations and stroke literature for the development of a questionnaire survey for data collection. Workshops provided study feedback to participants. Data were collected in 2005-2006. Study site: Greater Glasgow NHS Health Board. Population and sample: A stratified random selection of 16 private, 3 voluntary and 6 NHS continuing care homes from which a sample of 115 trained nurses and 19 senior care assistants was drawn. Results: The overall response rate for care home nurses was 64.3% and for senior care assistants, 73.6%. Both care home nurses and senior care assistants preferred accredited stroke education. Care home nurses wanted more training in stroke assessment, rehabilitation and acute interventions whereas senior care assistants wanted more in managing depression, general stroke information and communicating with dysphasic residents. Senior care assistants needed more information on multidisciplinary team working while care home nurses were more concerned with ethical decision-making, accountability and goal setting. Conclusions: Care home staff need and want more stroke training. They are clear that stroke education should be to the benefit of their resident population. Guidelines on stroke care should be developed for care homes and these should incorporate support for continuing professional learning in relation to the resident who has had a stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-840
Number of pages12
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


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