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Author(s): T. Martins
José Luís Pais Ribeiro
C. Garrett
Title: Disability and quality of life of stroke survivors: evaluation nine months after discharge = Incapacidad y calidad de vida del paciente afectado por un accidente vascular cerebral: evalucaion nueve meses despues del alta hospitalaria
Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: Introduction and 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 sociodemographic 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. © 2006, Revista de Neurología.
Subject: Psicologia
Scientific areas: Ciências sociais::Psicologia
Social sciences::Psychology
Document Type: Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FPCEUP - Artigo em Revista Científica Internacional

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