Struck by stroke: A pilot study exploring quality of life and coping patterns in younger patients and spouses

S Smout, PJ Koudstaal, GM Ribbers, WGM Janssen, J Passchier

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So far, research on quality of life after stroke has focused mainly on elderly patients. This study is targeted at younger stroke patients and their partners, aiming to evaluate stroke impact, as related to coping strategy. For our pilot study, eight patients who had suffered a stroke and four partners completed the Impact of Event Scale questionnaire. The mean age was 47.6 years in patients and 44.5 years in partners. The patients' level of activities of daily life was assessed using the Barthel Index. They were then interviewed to obtain information with respect to stroke impact and coping. The Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life procedure was carried out to measure quality of life, and stroke impact was quantified using Visual Analogue Scales. On average, patients scored 19.25 on the Barthel Index. Quality of life had deteriorated by 20.1% in patients, whereas partners did not show a decline in quality of life. However, well-being was inversely correlated among patients and partners. Accommodative coping was positively correlated with quality of life in both patients and partners. Conversely, assimilation was negatively related to quality of life in patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-268
Number of pages8
JournalInternationale Zeitschrift für Rehabilitationsforschung
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

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  • EMC 05-02-44-04-01
  • EMC MUSC-01-46-01


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