DOI: 10.5176/2315-4330_WNC15.41

Authors: Deborah Armitage ,Lia Heffernan, SallyMilson-Hawke and Roz Everingham


This study examined how effectively the discharge plan for patients aged over 70 met the needs of their informal caregivers in relation to caregiver strain. The study used a descriptive qualitative design. Results indicated while some areas of caregiver strain were reduced, other areas, particularly emotional strain were often increased. A review of discharge planning practice is recommended.

Keywords: caregiver strain, discharge planning

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