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Tolulope Oyesanya

Associate Professor in the School of Nursing
School of Nursing
307 Trent Dr., Room 2029, Durham, NC 27710

Selected Publications


Family Involvement in the Care of Hospitalized Older Adults: Protocol for a Qualitative Evidence Synthesis.

Journal Article JMIR Res Protoc · May 10, 2024 BACKGROUND: Older adults are frequently hospitalized. Family involvement during these hospitalizations is incompletely characterized in the literature. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to better understand how families are involved in the care of hospitalized o ... Full text Link to item Cite

Applying the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework to Social Determinants of Health in the Context of Sport-Related Concussion: A Clinical Commentary.

Journal Article Journal of athletic training · May 2024 Sport-related concussion (SRC) is a prevalent injury. Significant disparities in SRC outcomes exist across racial and ethnic groups. These disparities may be attributed to the unequal distribution of political power (or influence) and resource allocation i ... Full text Cite

Efficacy of BETTER transitional care intervention for diverse patients with traumatic brain injury and their families: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial.

Journal Article PLoS One · 2024 OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of BETTER (Brain Injury, Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery) vs. usual transitional care management among diverse adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) discharged home fro ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Challenges and coping between parents in shared decision-making for children with complex, life-threatening conditions: A qualitative content analysis.

Journal Article Journal of pediatric nursing · November 2023 Background & purposeRelatively little is known about the parents' challenges and coping in making decisions for children with complex, life-threatening conditions. Therefore, this secondary analysis aimed to explore the challenges and coping betwe ... Full text Cite

Characterizing burnout and resilience among nurses: A latent profile analysis of emotional exhaustion, emotional thriving and emotional recovery.

Journal Article Nurs Open · November 2023 AIMS: To identify subgroups of nurses with distinct profiles of burnout (emotional exhaustion) and resilience (emotional thriving and emotional recovery) and describe nurse characteristics associated with each profile. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, correlationa ... Full text Link to item Cite

How Subjective and Objective Factors in Research and Practice May Perpetuate Health Disparities Among Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation · October 2023 AbstractResearch shows disparities exist in traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related outcomes and are associated with objective and subjective factors. Objective factors (e.g., age, sex, race/ethnicity, health insurance status, and socioeconomic statu ... Full text Cite

The BETTER Traumatic Brain Injury Transitional Care Intervention: A Feasibility Study.

Journal Article West J Nurs Res · October 2023 This study aimed to investigate the feasibility, acceptability, and clinical outcome measures of BETTER (Brain Injury Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery), a culturally tailored traumatic brain injury (TBI) transitional care intervention, ... Full text Link to item Cite

"If you respect me, you are respecting my culture": methods and recommendations for personalizing a TBI transitional care intervention.

Journal Article Brain Inj · July 3, 2023 OBJECTIVE: Despite research, national legislation, and clinical guidelines supporting transitional care, there is minimal benefit from existing transitional care interventions for racial/ethnic minorities with traumatic brain injury (TBI) discharged home f ... Full text Link to item Cite

Predictors of cognitive gains during inpatient rehabilitation for older adults with traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article PM R · March 2023 INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) among older adults is increasing and can affect cognition. To effectively meet the rehabilitation needs of older adults, a clearer picture is needed of patient-, clinical-, and facility-level characteristics that ... Full text Link to item Cite

Stressors Among Healthcare Workers: A Summative Content Analysis.

Journal Article Glob Qual Nurs Res · 2023 Healthcare workers are experiencing high stress and burnout, at rates up to 70%, hindering patient care. Studies often focus on stressors in a particular setting or within the context of the pandemic which limits understanding of a more comprehensive view ... Full text Link to item Cite

Sex and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Within-Stay Readmissions During Inpatient Rehabilitation Among Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article Am J Phys Med Rehabil · December 1, 2022 OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the association of sex and race/ethnicity with acute hospital readmissions ("within-stay readmissions") during inpatient rehabilitation facility care versus patients discharged home without a within-stay rea ... Full text Link to item Cite

The Association of Self-esteem With Caregiving Demands, Coping, Burden, and Health Among Caregivers of Breast Cancer Patients: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach.

Journal Article Cancer nursing · September 2022 BackgroundWe investigated how caregiver self-esteem was associated with caregiving demands, coping, burden, and health.ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to investigate how caregiver self-esteem is associated with caregiving demands, copi ... Full text Cite

The Association between Well-being Behaviors and Resilience in Health Care Workers.

Journal Article West J Nurs Res · August 2022 Engaging in well-being behaviors may promote resilience, which can protect against burnout. This descriptive, correlational analysis utilized baseline data from health care workers enrolled in the Web-based Implementation of the Science for Enhancing Resil ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

"Death is as Much Part of Life as Living": Attitudes and Experiences Preparing for Death from Older Adults with Sickle Cell Disease.

Journal Article Omega (Westport) · July 20, 2022 The life-limiting and unpredictable nature of sickle cell disease (SCD) is well-established, yet there is limited literature on end-of-life planning. The purpose of this study was to describe perspectives about preparing for death for older adults with SCD ... Full text Link to item Cite

Design, methods, and baseline characteristics of the Brain Injury Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery (BETTER) feasibility study: a transitional care intervention for younger adult patients with traumatic brain injury and caregivers.

Journal Article Curr Med Res Opin · May 2022 OBJECTIVES: We developed a patient- and family-centered traumatic brain injury (TBI) transitional care intervention, called BETTER (Brain Injury Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery), to improve quality of life (via SF-36) of younger TBI pa ... Full text Link to item Cite

Age- and sex-specific predictors of inpatient rehabilitation facility discharge destination for adult patients with traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article Brain Inj · November 10, 2021 OBJECTIVE: : To determine age- and sex-specific predictors of discharge destination among patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) receiving inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) care. DESIGN: : Secondary analysis of Uniform Data System for Medical Reh ... Full text Link to item Cite

Technology and TBI: Perspectives of persons with TBI and their family caregivers on technology solutions to address health, wellness, and safety concerns.

Journal Article Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA · July 2021 Assistive technologies that are tailored to individuals' health, wellness, and safety concerns can help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their family caregivers meet their goals. The purpose of this study was to investigate views of technology ... Full text Cite

"Just tell me in a simple way": A qualitative study on opportunities to improve the transition from acute hospital care to home from the perspectives of patients with traumatic brain injury, families, and providers.

Journal Article Clin Rehabil · July 2021 OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify areas to improve the transition from acute hospital care to home for patients with traumatic brain injury and their families. DESIGN: Qualitative, descriptive. SETTING: Level I trauma centered located in ... Full text Link to item Cite

Family Involvement in the Care of Hospitalized Older Adults: Protocol for a Qualitative Evidence Synthesis.

Journal Article JMIR Res Protoc · May 10, 2024 BACKGROUND: Older adults are frequently hospitalized. Family involvement during these hospitalizations is incompletely characterized in the literature. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to better understand how families are involved in the care of hospitalized o ... Full text Link to item Cite

Applying the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework to Social Determinants of Health in the Context of Sport-Related Concussion: A Clinical Commentary.

Journal Article Journal of athletic training · May 2024 Sport-related concussion (SRC) is a prevalent injury. Significant disparities in SRC outcomes exist across racial and ethnic groups. These disparities may be attributed to the unequal distribution of political power (or influence) and resource allocation i ... Full text Cite

Efficacy of BETTER transitional care intervention for diverse patients with traumatic brain injury and their families: Study protocol of a randomized controlled trial.

Journal Article PLoS One · 2024 OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of BETTER (Brain Injury, Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery) vs. usual transitional care management among diverse adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI) discharged home fro ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Challenges and coping between parents in shared decision-making for children with complex, life-threatening conditions: A qualitative content analysis.

Journal Article Journal of pediatric nursing · November 2023 Background & purposeRelatively little is known about the parents' challenges and coping in making decisions for children with complex, life-threatening conditions. Therefore, this secondary analysis aimed to explore the challenges and coping betwe ... Full text Cite

Characterizing burnout and resilience among nurses: A latent profile analysis of emotional exhaustion, emotional thriving and emotional recovery.

Journal Article Nurs Open · November 2023 AIMS: To identify subgroups of nurses with distinct profiles of burnout (emotional exhaustion) and resilience (emotional thriving and emotional recovery) and describe nurse characteristics associated with each profile. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, correlationa ... Full text Link to item Cite

How Subjective and Objective Factors in Research and Practice May Perpetuate Health Disparities Among Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article American journal of physical medicine & rehabilitation · October 2023 AbstractResearch shows disparities exist in traumatic brain injury (TBI)-related outcomes and are associated with objective and subjective factors. Objective factors (e.g., age, sex, race/ethnicity, health insurance status, and socioeconomic statu ... Full text Cite

The BETTER Traumatic Brain Injury Transitional Care Intervention: A Feasibility Study.

Journal Article West J Nurs Res · October 2023 This study aimed to investigate the feasibility, acceptability, and clinical outcome measures of BETTER (Brain Injury Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery), a culturally tailored traumatic brain injury (TBI) transitional care intervention, ... Full text Link to item Cite

"If you respect me, you are respecting my culture": methods and recommendations for personalizing a TBI transitional care intervention.

Journal Article Brain Inj · July 3, 2023 OBJECTIVE: Despite research, national legislation, and clinical guidelines supporting transitional care, there is minimal benefit from existing transitional care interventions for racial/ethnic minorities with traumatic brain injury (TBI) discharged home f ... Full text Link to item Cite

Predictors of cognitive gains during inpatient rehabilitation for older adults with traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article PM R · March 2023 INTRODUCTION: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) among older adults is increasing and can affect cognition. To effectively meet the rehabilitation needs of older adults, a clearer picture is needed of patient-, clinical-, and facility-level characteristics that ... Full text Link to item Cite

Stressors Among Healthcare Workers: A Summative Content Analysis.

Journal Article Glob Qual Nurs Res · 2023 Healthcare workers are experiencing high stress and burnout, at rates up to 70%, hindering patient care. Studies often focus on stressors in a particular setting or within the context of the pandemic which limits understanding of a more comprehensive view ... Full text Link to item Cite

Sex and Racial/Ethnic Differences in Within-Stay Readmissions During Inpatient Rehabilitation Among Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article Am J Phys Med Rehabil · December 1, 2022 OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to determine the association of sex and race/ethnicity with acute hospital readmissions ("within-stay readmissions") during inpatient rehabilitation facility care versus patients discharged home without a within-stay rea ... Full text Link to item Cite

The Association of Self-esteem With Caregiving Demands, Coping, Burden, and Health Among Caregivers of Breast Cancer Patients: A Structural Equation Modeling Approach.

Journal Article Cancer nursing · September 2022 BackgroundWe investigated how caregiver self-esteem was associated with caregiving demands, coping, burden, and health.ObjectiveThe aim of this study was to investigate how caregiver self-esteem is associated with caregiving demands, copi ... Full text Cite

The Association between Well-being Behaviors and Resilience in Health Care Workers.

Journal Article West J Nurs Res · August 2022 Engaging in well-being behaviors may promote resilience, which can protect against burnout. This descriptive, correlational analysis utilized baseline data from health care workers enrolled in the Web-based Implementation of the Science for Enhancing Resil ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

"Death is as Much Part of Life as Living": Attitudes and Experiences Preparing for Death from Older Adults with Sickle Cell Disease.

Journal Article Omega (Westport) · July 20, 2022 The life-limiting and unpredictable nature of sickle cell disease (SCD) is well-established, yet there is limited literature on end-of-life planning. The purpose of this study was to describe perspectives about preparing for death for older adults with SCD ... Full text Link to item Cite

Design, methods, and baseline characteristics of the Brain Injury Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery (BETTER) feasibility study: a transitional care intervention for younger adult patients with traumatic brain injury and caregivers.

Journal Article Curr Med Res Opin · May 2022 OBJECTIVES: We developed a patient- and family-centered traumatic brain injury (TBI) transitional care intervention, called BETTER (Brain Injury Education, Training, and Therapy to Enhance Recovery), to improve quality of life (via SF-36) of younger TBI pa ... Full text Link to item Cite

Age- and sex-specific predictors of inpatient rehabilitation facility discharge destination for adult patients with traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article Brain Inj · November 10, 2021 OBJECTIVE: : To determine age- and sex-specific predictors of discharge destination among patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) receiving inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) care. DESIGN: : Secondary analysis of Uniform Data System for Medical Reh ... Full text Link to item Cite

Technology and TBI: Perspectives of persons with TBI and their family caregivers on technology solutions to address health, wellness, and safety concerns.

Journal Article Assistive technology : the official journal of RESNA · July 2021 Assistive technologies that are tailored to individuals' health, wellness, and safety concerns can help people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their family caregivers meet their goals. The purpose of this study was to investigate views of technology ... Full text Cite

"Just tell me in a simple way": A qualitative study on opportunities to improve the transition from acute hospital care to home from the perspectives of patients with traumatic brain injury, families, and providers.

Journal Article Clin Rehabil · July 2021 OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to identify areas to improve the transition from acute hospital care to home for patients with traumatic brain injury and their families. DESIGN: Qualitative, descriptive. SETTING: Level I trauma centered located in ... Full text Link to item Cite

Inpatient rehabilitation facility discharge destination among younger adults with traumatic brain injury: differences by race and ethnicity.

Journal Article Brain Inj · May 12, 2021 OBJECTIVE: : To determine the association of race and ethnicity with discharge destination among patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) receiving inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) care. DESIGN: Secondary analysis using Uniform Data System for Med ... Full text Link to item Cite

Health, wellness, and safety concerns of persons with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury and their family caregivers: a qualitative content analysis.

Journal Article Disability and rehabilitation · March 2021 BackgroundPersons with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) face issues with health, wellness, and safety that affect their ability to independently manage their care, even for individuals who are ≥75% independent in activities of daily ... Full text Cite

Pre- and in-hospital mortality for moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injuries: an analysis of the National Trauma Data Bank (2008-2014).

Journal Article Brain injury · February 2021 Objectives: This study aimed to: (1) evaluate pre- and in-hospital mortality for moderate-to-severe TBI in the U.S. by injury type (blunt vs. penetrating) and (2) estimate annual regression-adjusted mortality from 2008-2014.Methods: Data were ... Full text Cite

Transitions of care interventions to improve quality of life among patients hospitalized with acute conditions: a systematic literature review.

Journal Article Health Qual Life Outcomes · January 29, 2021 BACKGROUND: Although transitional care interventions can improve health among patients hospitalized with acute conditions, few interventions use patient quality of life (QOL) as the primary outcome. Existing interventions use a variety of intervention comp ... Full text Open Access Link to item Cite

Regional Variations in Rehabilitation Outcomes of Adult Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation Investigation.

Journal Article Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation · January 2021 ObjectivesTo examine regional differences in rehabilitation outcomes among adult patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) who received care at an inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF).DesignWe conducted a secondary ... Full text Cite

Recovery experiences of younger stroke survivors who are parents: A qualitative content analysis.

Journal Article Journal of clinical nursing · January 2021 Aims and objectivesTo explore the experience of parenting for younger stroke survivors (aged 18 to 64 years at the time of the stroke).BackgroundStroke among younger adults increased 43% between 2000 and 2010. The social, emotional and ph ... Full text Cite

Negotiating the transition from acute hospital care to home: perspectives of patients with traumatic brain injury, caregivers and healthcare providers

Journal Article Journal of Integrated Care · January 1, 2021 Purpose: The purpose is to explore experiences transitioning home from acute hospital care from perspectives of younger traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers (HCPs). Design/methodology/approach: The authors condu ... Full text Cite

A Medication Management Intervention for Patients and Families with SCI and ABI.

Journal Article Western journal of nursing research · December 2020 The purpose of this study was to develop and test the efficacy of a pre-discharge, medication management intervention to improve perceived knowledge and perceived confidence for post-discharge medication management for rehabilitation patients with spinal c ... Full text Cite

Estimating minimal clinically important differences for two scales in patients with chronic traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article Curr Med Res Opin · December 2020 BACKGROUND: This study aimed to establish the minimal clinically important difference (MCID) for the Fugl-Meyer Motor Scale (FMMS) and the Disability Rating Scale (DRS) to evaluate interventions in patients with motor deficits in the chronic phase after tr ... Full text Link to item Cite

Development, Reliability, and Validity of the Perceptions of Brain Injury Survey.

Journal Article Journal of nursing measurement · August 2020 Background and purposeThe purpose of this study was to assess psychometric properties of the Perceptions of Brain Injury Survey (PBIS), an instrument designed to assess nurses' perceptions and preparation to care for patients with traumatic brain ... Full text Cite

Selection of discharge destination for patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article Brain injury · July 2020 ObjectivesTo investigate criteria acute care interdisciplinary providers use to select discharge destination for patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).DesignCross-sectional, exploratory survey study.MethodsData were collecte ... Full text Cite

Strategies nurses use when caring for patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury who have cognitive impairments.

Journal Article Journal of clinical nursing · November 2019 Aims and objectivesAdults with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have immediate and chronic cognitive impairments that require use of specific nursing strategies. Nurses must be knowledgeable about strategies to use to accommodat ... Full text Cite

Postdoctoral Opportunities for Nursing PhD Graduates: A Resource Guide.

Journal Article Western journal of nursing research · March 2019 Before completing a nursing PhD program, doctoral students are encouraged to seek out and apply for a position in one of many, often highly competitive postdoctoral programs. These programs include the more traditional National Institutes of Health (NIH) f ... Full text Cite

Veterans Health Administration nurses' training and beliefs related to care of patients with traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article PloS one · January 2019 BackgroundVeteran patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their family members regularly receive care from nurses. Understanding nurses' training and beliefs can provide direction for intervention work aimed at ensuring the best possible ca ... Full text Cite

Nurses' concerns about caring for patients with acute and chronic traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article Journal of clinical nursing · April 2018 Aims and objectivesAs a first step in developing traumatic brain injury-specific nursing education, the purpose of this study was to investigate nurses' concerns about caring for patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury.Backgrou ... Full text Cite

Pediatric nurses' perceived knowledge and beliefs of evidence-based practice in the care of children and adolescents with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury.

Journal Article Journal for specialists in pediatric nursing : JSPN · April 2018 PurposePediatric nurses play a significant role in all phases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) recovery, particularly during the hospital stay. Although evidence-based nursing practice is known to improve patient outcomes, limited research exists o ... Full text Cite

"I'm Trying To Be the Safety Net": Family Protection of Patients With Moderate-To-Severe TBI During the Hospital Stay.

Journal Article Qualitative health research · October 2017 Research has shown that during hospital stay, family caregivers of patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) perceive that their role is to protect the patient; however, research on this topic is limited. The purpose of this article is to describe family ... Full text Cite

Caring for Patients with traumatic brain injury: a survey of nurses' perceptions.

Journal Article Journal of clinical nursing · June 2017 Aims and objectivesThe purpose of this study was to determine nurses' perceptions about caring for patients with traumatic brain injury.BackgroundAnnually, it is estimated that over 10 million people sustain a traumatic brain injury aroun ... Full text Cite

Managing Visitors During the Hospital Stay: The Experience of Family Caregivers of Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article Journal of family nursing · May 2017 Family caregivers of patients with moderate-to-severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) regularly visit the patient during the hospital stay and are involved in their care. As impairments caused by the TBI often preclude the patient from stating preferences for ... Full text Cite

The experience of patients with ABI and their families during the hospital stay: A systematic review of qualitative literature.

Journal Article Brain injury · January 2017 BackgroundPatients with acquired brain injury (ABI) and their families have unique experiences and needs during the hospital stay; yet, limited literature exists on this topic. The purpose of this systematic review was to compile and synthesize li ... Full text Cite

Nurses' Beliefs About Caring for Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury.

Journal Article Western journal of nursing research · September 2016 Patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families rely on health care providers, particularly nurses, to provide accurate information, yet inaccurate beliefs about TBI have been found among nurses. Although prior studies have assessed nurses' b ... Full text Cite

Mental Health in Women With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review on Depression and Hope.

Journal Article Health care for women international · January 2016 The prevalence of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in women has recently increased from 25% to 40%. Current literature inadequately captures challenges women face after injury, including depression. The limited focus on depression is problematic as rates of de ... Full text Cite

Nurses' perceptions of caring for patients with TBI

Conference BRAIN INJURY · January 1, 2016 Link to item Cite

"Hoping to see the future I prefer": an element of life-world for older women living alone.

Journal Article ANS. Advances in nursing science · January 2013 We interact with Dorcy's earlier work in Advances in Nursing Science on hope, noting that scholars have emphasized hope in suffering rather than exploring hoping in everyday life. We did a secondary analysis of 4 descriptive phenomenological studies with o ... Full text Cite