Assessing Family Caregivers using the PATH-s Instrument

This is an on-demand webinar that was recorded on a previous date. The webinar is about 1 hour in length. You will need to watch the webinar, receive a 70% or higher passing grade on a quiz, and then complete an evaluation to receive your certificate and complete this course. You will have access to this course for 1 year, starting on the purchase date.

Family caregivers are central to successful discharge home for patients receiving inpatient rehabilitation services; yet their needs and concerns are often not assessed. Completing and documenting a comprehensive caregiver assessment has become a national priority.

In this webinar, Dr. Camicia and Dr. Lutz will describe the background, theoretical basis, and development of the Preparedness Assessment for the Transition Home after stroke (PATH-s) tool. Strategies for implementation in inpatient rehabilitation facilities will be discussed.

Examples of successful integration of the PATH-s tool in the clinical setting will be described.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the importance of assessing caregiver preparedness
  • Understand the theoretical foundation for the PATH-s instrument
  • Identify strategies for administration of the PATH-s instrument
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  • 1.25 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
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Michelle Camicia, PhD, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA, FARN, FAAN Director, Kaiser Foundation Rehabilitation Center

Michelle Camicia, PhD RN CRRN CCM NEA-BC FARN FAHA FAAN has an exceptional rehabilitation nursing career spanning over 30 years. Dr. Camicia’s leadership in practice and research developing and implementing innovative interventions has improved care coordination, and equitable care for individuals with disabilities (IWD) and their caregivers. She has disseminated her work through numerous policy papers, peer reviewed manuscripts, and book chapters.

As an advisory board member of the National Institutes of Health National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR), Dr. Camicia secured family caregiving as a focus in NCMRR’s Strategic Plan. She has served on numerous national boards/expert panels, and as an international accreditation surveyor for CARF International. Her leadership with the American Heart Association (AHA) and Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN), including past president, provides venues to strengthen nursing and equitable care delivery for individuals with disabilities regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Camicia is a transformational leader and has been recognized by many awards, including the Kaiser Permanente Exemplary Nurse Leader of the Year award (2020). The ARN has recognized her with the President’s Award (2020), Distinguished Service Award (2012), and Doctoral-Prepared Nurse Researcher (2020) awards. The ARN White Paper on The Essential Role of the Rehabilitation Nurse in Facilitating Care Transition received the ARN Article of the Year (2014). Dr. Camicia’s work on the PATH-s has been recognized by the American Heart/Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Stroke in 2020 with the Stroke Article of the Year (Camicia, et al., 2020). Further, she was a finalist for AHA/ASA Martha N. Hill New Investigator Award (2018). She is co-developing a global rehabilitation nursing certification program.

Dr. Camicia earned a BSN from San Francisco State University, MSN from Sonoma State University, and PhD from the University of California-Davis.


Barbara J. Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, PHNA-BC, FAHA, FAAN McNeill Distinguished Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Dr. Barbara Lutz is the McNeill Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington School of Nursing. Her 40+ year career as a rehabilitation and public health nurse spans practice, research, education, and service. Her program of research focuses on understanding the needs and experiences of patients with stroke and other chronic illnesses and their family caregivers as they move through the continuum of care, from acute care to home. Her goal is to engage patients and their family caregivers in the development of person and family-centered, community-based interventions for people with stroke and other chronic illnesses.

She has served as a Co-Investigator on 2 PCORI-funded studies including a pragmatic clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a post-acute stroke transitional care model in North Carolina and a randomized controlled trial to test a person-centered, community-based Emergency Department (ED) to Home transitional care intervention developed in partnership with researchers, patients, caregivers and community service providers. Dr. Lutz is the immediate Past President of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses and Immediate Past Chair of the American Heart Association (AHA) Cardiovascular Disease in Older Populations Committee. She is also currently a member of an AHA writing group to develop metrics for Post-Acute Stroke care. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and American Heart Association.

She currently serves as a member of the NIH National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research Advisory Board and has served as a member of the ANA Care Coordination Quality Measures Steering Committee, ANA Care Coordination Expert Panel, and as a rehabilitation nurse expert on the Joint Commission Technical Advisory Panel for Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification.


None of the planners or presenters for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Notice of requirements to receive contact hours: 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours will be awarded for individuals who participate in the full activity and complete the post-evaluation for the activity. The ability to view or accept credit for this product expires on 06/17/24.

The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

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  • 1.25 CNE
    ANCC The Association of Rehabilitation Nurses is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


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