Disability and quality of life of stroke survivors: evaluation nine months after discharge

T. Martins, J.P. Ribeiro, C. Garrett [REV NEUROL 2006;42:655-659] PMID: 16736400 DOI: https://doi.org/10.33588/rn.4211.2005301 OPEN ACCESS
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ABSTRACT Artículo en español English version

AIM After acute episode, a great number of individuals who survive a stroke have impairments that impede them to carry out with autonomy a set of basic activities of daily life and instrumental activities of daily life. The clinical evaluation health self perception is a useful element on patient’s recovering process. The purpose of this study was to evaluate post-stroke functional health status and quality of life.

PATIENTS AND METHODS After identification of a cohort of admitted patients at a general hospital, those were contacted by phone nine months after discharge. The collected tool sent by mail included the COOP WONCA charts, Frenchay Activities Index, Barthel Index, Rankin scale and a set of socio-demographic variables.

RESULTS Participants survival rate was of 81%. The physical functioning and the capacity to perform daily activities were the most affected ones, impairing the patients of making a set of basic and instrumental daily activities. The emotional state and health self-perception are also correlated to disability.

CONCLUSIONS The results suggest a significative percentage of stroke survivors maintaining a moderate or severe disability (47.8%) requiring the presence of caregiver helping self-care. Collected data enhances that stroke survivors have severe physical dysfunction associated to emotional and psychological disturbances.
KeywordsDisability after strokeQuality of lifeStrokeStroke recovery CategoriesCalidad, Gestión y Organización AsistencialPatología vascular
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