A follow-up study on mental and physical function function among stroke patients: comparisons between admission and discharge status in a rehabilitation-specialized hospital

Syunji Sawa, Hiroyasu Iso, Takashi Isaji, Koichi Onaka, Toshikazu Yasuoka, Yumiko Kamioka, Koichi Iwai, Hitoshi Ota, Shigeru Sonoda, Naoji Nagumo, Takashi Shimamoto

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Abstract

PURPOSE: To assess results of a 5 year-follow-up, in terms of disability, depression, quality of life, and social network in cases of stroke patients. This report deal with results at admission and discharge (in average, from 2.5 to 6 months of the onset) in a rehabilitation-specialzed hospital. OBJECT AND METHOD: The subjects were 87 stroke patients hospitalized in the Ibaraki Prefectural University Hospital. They were 64 men and 23 women, and their age were between 42 and 79 with an average of 59 years. Systematic evaluation for mental and physical functions was conducted at admission and discharge, and it is intended that the evaluation will be repeated 1, 2, 3 and 5 years from the stroke onset. RESULTS: There were substantial improvements in motor functions, general intelligence, and the status of dementia during the hospitalization. Activities of daily living and degrees of job execution and satisfactory were also improved. The prevalence of depression remained 40%, and the acceptance of limb paralysis or reduced quality of life did not change. Social network scores declined. DISCUSSION: Lack of improvement of depressive status and quality of life, and deterioration social network may increase the rist of major difficulties after discharge of stoke patients. Prevention programs at hospital may be necessary to cope with these potential problems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)325-338
Number of pages14
Journal[Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health
Volume50
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 04-2003
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Medicine(all)

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