Use of a multiple-case study design to examine well-being among families living with a person with stroke in China

Sijian Li, Samantha M.C. Pang, Thomas Wong

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Aims: To examine the factors contributing to the well-being of families who live with a person following a stroke over time, and to derive an empirical theory for family well-being when living with a person with a stroke in Wuhan, China. Methods: Yin's multiple-case study was adopted. Eighteen families were recruited from 3 hospitals in the Wuhan and each family was visited 4 times during a 6-month period. Multiple data sources were collected combining both quantitative and qualitative (interview and observation) information. Quantitative data were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences version II and qualitative data were analysed using qualitative content analysis, time-series analysis, pattern-matching, and explanation building techniques. Results: Five ty pes of family structure were identified as nuclear (n = 3), modified nuclear (n = 4), extended (n = 8), modified extended (n = 2), and living alone (n = 1). Three types of family well-being were identified as dysfunctional (n = 5), functional (n = 4), and optimal (n = 9). Conclusion: Nursing professionals may use this empirical theory to offer culturally-sensitive and community-based care strategies to help families living with a person with stroke in China.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-101
Number of pages10
JournalAsian Journal of Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006


  • Analysis
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Family relations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Research and Theory
  • Fundamentals and skills
  • LPN and LVN
  • Review and Exam Preparation

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