Open Access Study protocol

Protective factors in patients aged over 65 with stroke treated by physiotherapy, showing cognitive impairment, in the Valencia Community. Protection Study in Older People (EPACV)

Vicente Gil-Guillen1*, Concepcion Carratala-Munuera1, Juan Carlos Andres Ortega2, Domingo Orozco-Beltran3, José Martínez Ribera4, Avelino Pereira Expósito4, Pablo Martínez Cánovas4, Eduardo Payá Mora5, Emilio Mayoral Azofra2, Antonio Fernández Giménez1, Adriana Lopez-Pineda3, Patricia Lorca-Amorrich3, Carlos Plaza-Sirvent3, Elisabet Berzosa Sola3, Ramon Salas-Rico3 and Angel Fernandez-Garcia6

Author Affiliations

1 Departamento Medicina Clínica, Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche, Ctra. Nnal. 332 Alicante – Valencia s/n, Sant Joan d’Alacant, Alicante, 03550, Spain

2 Servicio de Rehabilitación, Hospital General de Elda, Ctra. Sax-Elda, s/n, Elda, Alicante, 03600, Spain

3 Unidad de docencia e investigación, Hospital Universitario de Sant Joan d’ Alacant, Ctra. Nnal. 332 Alicante – Valencia s/n, Sant Joan d’Alacant, Alicante, 03550, Spain

4 Unidad de Investigación, Hospital General de Elda, Ctra. Sax-Elda, s/n, Elda, Alicante, 03600, Spain

5 Servicio de Cardiología, Hospital General de Elda, Ctra. Sax-Elda, s/n, Elda, Alicante, 03600, Spain

6 Servicio de Biblioteca, Hospital General de Elda, Ctra. Sax-Elda, s/n, Elda, Alicante, 03600, Spain

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BMC Neurology 2012, 12:118  doi:10.1186/1471-2377-12-118

Published: 5 October 2012

Abstract

Background

Family function may have an influence on the mental health deterioration of the caregivers of dependent family members and it could have a varying importance on the care of dependents. Little attention has been paid to the preparation of minor stroke survivors for the recovery trajectory or the spouse for the caregiving role. Therefore, this study protocol intends to analyze the influence of family function on the protection of patients with stroke sequels needing physiotherapy in the family environment.

Methods/Design

This is an analytical observational design, prospective cohort study and using a qualitative methodology by means of data collected in the “interviews of life”. The study will be carried out by the Rehabilitation Service at Hospital of Elda in the Valencia Community.

All patients that have been diagnosed with stroke and need physiotherapy treatment, having a dependency grade assigned and consent to participate in the study, will undergo a monitoring of one year in order to assess the predictive factors depending on the dependence of the people affected.

Discussion

Our research aims to analyze the perception of caregivers, their difficulties to work, and the influence of family function. Moreover, it aims to register the perception of the patients with stroke sequel over the care received and whether they feel protected in their family environment.