A Two-Tier Care Management Program to Empower Stroke Caregivers in Hong Kong

Recruiting

Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

- A stroke caregiver is eligible to participate in the study if:
1. He / She is a Chinese adult aged 18 or above;
2. He / She has a family member has the first stroke (ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke) at the age of 50 or above and has been discharged from the acute hospital for no more than 6 months;
3. He / She provides care or being with the stroke survivor for no less than two hours per day after discharge from the acute hospital;
4. He / She reports significant caregiver burden as measured by the 12-item Zarit Burden Interview (a total score ≥ 12).
A stroke survivor is eligible to participate in the study if:
1. He / She is a Chinese adult aged 50 or above;
2. He / She has been discharged from the acute hospital for no more than 6 months;
3. His / Her family caregiver participates in this study;
4. He/ She is able to communicate with interventionists and interviewers;
5. He/ She is competent to give written informed consent.
Stroke survivors whose caregivers in the intervention group will receive both the intervention and the questionnaire interviews. Stroke survivors whose caregiver in the control group will only need to take part in the questionnaire interview.

Exclusion Criteria

- A stroke caregiver will be excluded from participation if:
1. His / Her family member has a transient ischaemic attack without a major ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke;
2. His / Her family member with stroke is residing in a residential care facility after discharge from the acute hospital;
3. He / She is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease or other dementias;
4. He / She is unable to understand Cantonese.
A stroke survivor is not eligible to participate in the study if:
1. He / She is residing in a residential care facility after discharge from the acute hospital;
2. He/ She has a transient ischaemic attack without a major ischaemic or haemorrhagic stroke;
3. His / Her family caregiver refuses to participate in this study;
4. He/ She is not able to communicate with interventionists and interviewers;
5. He/ She is not competent to give written informed consent.