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.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||[Nippon kōshū eisei zasshi] Japanese journal of public health|
|Publication status||Published - 04-2003|
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