Marianjoy Library

Online Nursing Journal Club

September, 2012


Reading Assignment: Article

The long-term experience of family life after stroke.

Kitzmuller, Gabriele. Asplund, Kenneth. Haggstrom, Terttu.
Journal of Neuroscience Nursing. 44(1):E1-13, 2012 Feb.

Stroke is a life-threatening and disabling illness known to have a significant impact on families. The purpose of this study was to illuminate the long-term experience of family life after stroke of stroke survivors and their spouses and children, particularly regarding marital and parent-child relationships. Thirty-seven narrative interviews were conducted with stroke survivors and their spouses and adult children who were minors at onset of the illness. A qualitative approach inspired by Gadamer's hermeneutic and van Manen's phenomenological understanding of lived experience was used. The analysis revealed four themes: the family as a lifebuoy, absent presence, broken foundations, and finding a new marital path. Lack of communication and altered roles and relationships endangered marital equilibrium and parent-child relationships after stroke. This study highlighted the need for professional family support as families were unprepared for the life changes that occurred. Nurses and other healthcare workers should examine family relationships and communication patterns and view the family as a unit composed of unique persons with different needs. Further research on the experiences of stroke survivors' children seems urgent.
Article Available to Marianjoy Associates from the Marianjoy Library Staff


  1. Identify the purpose of the study
  2. Describe the four themes regarding family life after stroke
  3. Identify at least two potentially negative consequences that minor children of a stroke survivor may encounter
  4. Describe at least two nursing implications for nursing practice identified by the study

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Available Credits: Article approved for 1.0 Contact Hours

Instructions for receiving the credits:

There are 3 parts to earning CE credit for this article.  All components must be completed between September 1 and September 30, 2012:

  1. After reading the article, there is a short post-test on the Learning Link. By signing up for this month’s article, the post-test will automatically be loaded on your Learning Link plan. You must complete the post-test on or before September 30 and score at least 80% correct to earn CE credit.
  2. As part of the requirements to earn the CE credit, you must participate in a discussion about the article. This discussion will take place via e-mail. A Nursing Journal Club designee will generate the discussion on September 9. You must respond / participate in the discussion at least 1 time by September 27 to be compliant.
  3. An evaluation of this learning opportunity is required to obtain the CE credit. A link to the evaluation will be found in the post-test.
  4. To receive contact hours, please click on the Learning Link icon below. This will bring you to the main page of the learning Link. Click the Search Scheduled Classes, select All Classes, and type in PRCH5029. Access the online evaluation survey. At the end of the survey, click on the link to send an e-mail request for your contact hour certificate. Available only from the WFH Network.

It should take you less than 1 hour to read the article, take the quiz and complete the evaluation.

As a member of the Nursing Journal Club, you will automatically receive subsequent articles on the first of each month. If you would like to cancel your membership at any time, please contact Cindy Bright via e-mail or contact her at 630.909.8027. We will send out a flyer announcing the next article approximately 2 weeks prior to sending it out.

We are excited that you are interested in this new opportunity. We welcome any comments or suggestions you may have.

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital – Professional Practice Committee is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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The Marianjoy Online Nursing Journal Club is a joint effort between the Nursing Department, the Medical Library, and the Research Department.









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