What is the evidence for using family based interventions to prevent stroke recurrence?

Maggie Lawrence, Caroline McVey, Susan M. Kerr

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Abstract

Stroke has a devastating impact on individuals and families. Risk factors for recurrence include lifestyle behaviours such as smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, an unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. This article describes a programme of research that aims to gather and synthesise the evidence required to inform the development and evaluation of a family centred, behavioural intervention designed to address lifestyle risk factors for recurrent stroke. We present an overview of the research undertaken to develop the evidence base. This included a survey of stroke nurse practice, a focus group study with people who had had a stroke as well as their family members, and a systematic review of the efficacy of lifestyle interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-25
Number of pages4
JournalNursing Times
Volume106
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010

Keywords

  • lifestyle risk factors
  • stroke
  • secondary prevention
  • family-centred
  • beahviour change
  • recurrent stroke

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