Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Eight assessment questions to ask stroke survivors and their caregivers

The following are eight assessment questions to ask stroke survivors and their caregivers in order to learn more about their readiness to learn and core concerns (Lorig, Gonzalez & Romer, 1996)

  • What questions do you have regarding your/your family member’s stroke?
  • What concerns you most about your/your family member’s stroke?
  • What would you like to learn about this condition?
  • When you consider the future and your/your family member’s stroke, what do you imagine?
  • What about your/your family member’s stroke do you find frustrating?
  • What about your/your family member’s stroke frightens you?
  • How do you manage your/your family member’s stroke day-to-day?
  • What have you done in the past to deal with your/your family member’s stroke?