Quality of life after stroke - pilot study

Tomasz Tasiemski, Agnieszka Knopczyńska, Maciej Wilski

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Abstract


Introduction. Nowadays, in order to assess effectiveness of rehabilitation process in people with stroke, different
scales evaluating quality of life are used. Up-to-day results of research in this area show that quality of life
after stroke decreases in two dimensions of well-being, psychological as well as functional.

Material and methods. Twenty five people with stroke took part in the pilot study assessing quality of life. In
order to assess subjective and objective quality of life the Life Satisfaction Questionnaire and anonymous questionnaire
covering demographic data and evaluation of objective aspects of life (employment, income, freetime
activities) were used respectively.

Results. The results of undertaken study show that people with stroke assess their global life satisfaction (life as
a whole) as low. Only 24% of study participants were satisfied with their life as a whole. The most often activity
undertaken by people with stroke within their free-time was watching television. People with stroke were most
satisfied with their family life and partnership relations, and the least satisfying area of life was their vocational
situation.

Conclusion. The both dimensions of life quality, objective and subjective, decrease as a result of stroke. Taking
into account the importance of quality of life assessment on individual rehabilitation program following stoke, it
seems that future larger study in this area is needed.

Gerontol. Pol. 2010; 18, 3: 128-133

Keywords

stroke; quality of life; life satisfaction

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