Falling and mobility experiences of stroke survivors and spousal caregivers

Academic Article


  • More than 50 of survivors of stroke (SSs) fall after discharge from the hospital, some of whom sustain significant injury. The purpose of this study was to explore SSs' and spousal caregivers' (CGs') lived experiences about falling and general mobility. Qualitative methods were used to perform a secondary analysis of interviews obtained from a larger study of 133 couples. Time, loss, and life changes emerged as themes in the qualitative analysis of expressers with "keep stepping no matter what," as the overarching theme. Number of SSs were examined for reports of falls and fall-related events. Of the 133 couples, 65 were in the original study's intervention group. Sixty-six percent of the intervention group reported at least one fall, and 12 of the intervention group and total study population sustained fall-related adverse events. Health care providers can learn from the experiences of SSs and CGs related to falling and mobility for enhanced discharge planning and fall prevention. Falling can cause injury in the SS or fear of falling of the SS, CG, or both. © 2010 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • Kelley CP; Graham C; Christy JB; Hersch G; Shaw S; Ostwald SK
  • Start Page

  • 235
  • End Page

  • 248
  • Volume

  • 28
  • Issue

  • 3