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Vol 3, No 2 (2001)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2002-11-25
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Quality of life after stroke. Part I - a prospective study

Krystyna Jaracz, Wojciech Kozubski
Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2001;3(2):55-62.

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Vol 3, No 2 (2001)
Prace oryginalne
Published online: 2002-11-25

Abstract

Background. The purpose of this study was to: 1. Evaluate the quality of life after stroke in comparison with of a control group; 2. Examine changes in life quality over time; 3. Determine factors that influence the changes.
Material and methods. A hospital-based sample of 72 first-ever ischemic stroke patients, fulfilling established criteria was followed-up at 3 and 6 months after stroke onset. Quality of life was assessed using the Polish version of Sickness Impact Profile (SIP). Stroke impairment, functional disability, emotional status and sociodemographic data were documented.
Results. The scores of the stroke group on all the SIP subscales were significantly worse than in the comparison group. The differences were greatest for Body Care Movement, Home Management and Communication (standard scores). In spite of little changes in stroke impairment, the life quality improved between 3 and 6 months post-stroke. The profile of changes in the quality of life was related to the level of stroke impairment.
Conclusions. Improvements in functional ability, locomotion, communication and mood are important factors for long-term enhancement in quality of life after stroke.

Abstract

Background. The purpose of this study was to: 1. Evaluate the quality of life after stroke in comparison with of a control group; 2. Examine changes in life quality over time; 3. Determine factors that influence the changes.
Material and methods. A hospital-based sample of 72 first-ever ischemic stroke patients, fulfilling established criteria was followed-up at 3 and 6 months after stroke onset. Quality of life was assessed using the Polish version of Sickness Impact Profile (SIP). Stroke impairment, functional disability, emotional status and sociodemographic data were documented.
Results. The scores of the stroke group on all the SIP subscales were significantly worse than in the comparison group. The differences were greatest for Body Care Movement, Home Management and Communication (standard scores). In spite of little changes in stroke impairment, the life quality improved between 3 and 6 months post-stroke. The profile of changes in the quality of life was related to the level of stroke impairment.
Conclusions. Improvements in functional ability, locomotion, communication and mood are important factors for long-term enhancement in quality of life after stroke.
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Keywords

quality of life; stroke; prospective study

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Title

Quality of life after stroke. Part I - a prospective study

Journal

Interdisciplinary Problems of Stroke

Issue

Vol 3, No 2 (2001)

Pages

55-62

Published online

2002-11-25

Bibliographic record

Udar Mózgu. Problemy Interdyscyplinarne 2001;3(2):55-62.

Keywords

quality of life
stroke
prospective study

Authors

Krystyna Jaracz
Wojciech Kozubski

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