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Title: Factors related to community participation by stroke victims six month post-stroke
Authors: Chutima Jalayondeja
Jaranit Kaewkungwal
Sullivan, Patricia E.
Samart Nidhinandana
Sopa Pichaiyongwongdee
Sutthi Jareinpituk
Mahidol University. Faculty of Physical Therapy
Mahidol University. Faculty of Public Health. Department of Epidemiology
Keywords: Stroke;Community participation;The generalized estimating equations
Issue Date: Jul-2011
Citation: The Southeast Asian Journal of Tropical Medicine and Public Health. Vol.42, No.4 (2011), 1005-1013
Abstract: Participation in the community socially by stroke victims is an optimal outcome post-stroke. We carried out a cohort study to evaluate a model for community participation by Thai stroke victims 6 months post-stroke. Six standardized instruments were used to assess the patient’s status 1, 3 and 6 months after stroke. These were the modified Rankin Scale, the National Institute of Health Stroke Scale, the Fugl-Meyer Assessment and the Berg Balance Scale. The performance of activities of daily living and community ambulation were measured using the Barthel Index and walking velocity. Participation in the community was measured by the Stroke Impact Scale. The outcomes demographics and stroke related variables were analyzed using the Generalized Estimating Equations. Of the 98 subjects who completed the follow-up assessment, 72 (86.5%) felt they had more participation in the community 6 months post-stroke. The level of disability, performance of independent activities and length of time receiving physical therapy were associated with the perceived level of participation in the community among stroke victims 6 months post-stroke. To achieve a goal of good participation in the community among stroke victims, health care planning should focus on improving the stroke victim’s ability to independently perform daily activities. The average length of physical therapy ranged from 1 to 6 months, at 3 to 8 hours/month. Clinical practice guidelines should be explored to optimize participation in the community.
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