RESCUE Stroke Caregiver Website to Enhance Discharge Planning "RESCUE"


Phase N/A Results N/A

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

All caregivers of Veterans with a primary diagnosis of stroke are eligible for participation if they meet the following criteria:
- are the primary caregiver and provide the majority of care for a Veteran who has a primary diagnosis of stroke (ICD9 codes for stroke: 430-438) and who has at least one activity of daily living (ADL) deficits or a new or worsening cognitive or physical functioning problem,
- have Internet and email access and ability,
- are reachable by cell or home phone,
- read English at the sixth grade reading level or better,
- score 1 or greater on the Perceived Stress Scale
- Veteran has been discharged to home within the preceding four months or plans to be ultimately discharged to home
- are agreeable to be randomized to the intervention or standard care group

Exclusion Criteria

Caregivers who fail to meet one or more of the inclusion criteria and whose Veterans
- are terminally ill
- have a life expectancy of less than 6 months
- are a prisoner, or
- are professional caregivers who had no preexisting relationship to the Veteran
- are enrolled or have completed similar caregiving interventions (at PI discretion)
Life expectancy and service use will be determined by reviewing the CPRS records and conferring with the in-patient staff and with the investigators' clinical team members (MDs, RNs).