An analysis of the intervention provided by a stroke family support organizer service
Groom, Madeleine J.
Lilley, Steven A.
Francis, Valerie M.
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This article describes the input of a stroke family support organizer (FSO) service and investigates whether patient needs are directly related to the number and nature of FSO contacts. Patients seen by the FSO for more visits were significantly younger, less disabled before the stroke, more disabled at recruitment and with lower mood than those with fewer contacts. Significant relationships were found between the amount of contact that involved discussion of benefits and knowledge of benefits, and between discussion of physical health and knowledge of prevention of future stroke. The FSO provided useful information about benefits and physical recovery following stroke. © 2003, MA Healthcare Ltd. All rights reserved.