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Keywords

nursing functions, nursing interventions, rehabilitation, stroke

 

Authors

  1. Kirkevold, Marit RN, EdD

Abstract

A review of existing literature indicates an uncertainty about the specific therapeutic role of nurses in the rehabilitation of stroke patients.Two different conceptualizations of the nursing role exist, but neither is related to specific rehabilitation goals and patient outcomes. A beginning theoretical account of the specific role of nursing in stroke recovery is offered as a structure to integrate the therapeutic aspects of the coordinating, maintenance, and training functions of the nurse. Existing research literature is reviewed to substantiate the account. Further research is needed to develop the specific content and focus of nursing in stroke recovery.