Exploring the Experiences of Family Caregivers in the Management of Stroke Among Older Adults in Nigeria: A Qualitative Study

Farombi, Temitope, Khan, Hafiz T.A. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1817-3730 and Lawal, Muili (2024) Exploring the Experiences of Family Caregivers in the Management of Stroke Among Older Adults in Nigeria: A Qualitative Study. Journal of Population Ageing. (In Press)

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Stroke, a significant neurological condition, often results in older adults’ survivors relying on family caregivers, including children and spouses, leading to increased challenges for caregivers.

This study investigates the experiences of family caregivers caring for older adults’stroke patients, focusing on the context of stroke management.

Participants were purposively sampled, and three focus group discussions involving family caregivers (n=18) of older adults who had experienced strokes were conducted. Conversations were recorded, translated, transcribed, and subjected to thematic analysis utilizing NVivo (version 12 pro) software.

Thematic analysis yielded five distinct themes. The first theme illuminated family caregivers’ insights regarding the management of stroke in their members or significant others. The second theme emphasized the support and information received at the medical facility. The third theme showcased the perceived value of the information provided. The fourth theme highlighted unmet needs for both information and training in social support. The final theme illuminated the participants’ preferences for how they would like to receive information and training.

This study highlights family caregivers’ experiences, encompassing a range of burdens, stresses, and challenges while caring for older adult’s stroke survivors. Findings emphasize the necessity for formal caregivers to provide adequate information, support, and training to family caregivers, thereby alleviating their burdens and enhancing stroke management in a home environment.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine and health
Depositing User: Hafiz T.A. Khan
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2024 10:06
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 10:15
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/12016


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