Date of Award

1992

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

First Advisor

Kay Setter Kline

Second Advisor

Barbara Baker

Third Advisor

Maureen Ryan

Abstract

Post traumatic brain injury symptoms can be very stressful to family caregivers. This study evaluated family caregivers' ability to select appropriate caregiver actions following discharge instructions on post traumatic brain injury symptoms. Subjects in the control group viewed videotaped discharge instructions on physical symptoms post traumatic brain injury. The experimental group viewed videotaped discharge instructions on physical symptoms, cognitive dysfunction and behavioral changes post traumatic brain injury. Both groups were given a written post test after viewing the videotape. Those who received information on physical symptoms, cognitive dysfunction, and behavioral changes had a higher mean score than those who received only information on physical changes. The hypothesis was supported that there was a significant increase in family caregivers' ability to select appropriate caregiver actions for post traumatic brain injury symptoms by caregivers who received information on cognitive dysfunction and behavioral changes when compared to caregivers who did not receive this information. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)

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