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Living setting and utilisation of ADL assistance one year after a stroke with special reference to gender differences
Örebro University, Department of Clinical Medicine.
2006 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 28, no 1, 43-49 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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PURPOSE: To examine living setting and need for ADL assistance before and one year after a first-ever stroke with special focus on gender differences. METHODS: One-year survivors from a population-based stroke study (n = 377) were studied with regard to place of living, need for ADL assistance and who provided the help. Stroke severity, cognitive impairment, post-stroke depression as well as risk factors were evaluated. RESULTS: Before the stroke 48 patients (13%) lived in special housing (service flats or nursing homes), and one year after the stroke, 50 of the survivors (20%) lived in such accommodations. Before the stroke, 80 (21%) of the patients needed help with their personal ADL, while 90 (36%) needed help after one year. The increased need was fulfilled by relatives. Female spouses more often helped their male counterparts, and they tended to accept a heavier burden. Age, living alone, stroke severity, cognitive impairment, pre-stroke ADL dependency and depression were predictors for special housing. CONCLUSIONS: In a time when more and more stroke survivors are cared for at home, it is important to pay attention to the situation of the caregivers. Female caregivers seem to be in an especially exposed position by accepting a heavier burden.

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2006. Vol. 28, no 1, 43-49 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences Geriatrics Neurology
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Neurology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-11102DOI: 10.1080/09638280500165278PubMedID: 16393832OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-11102DiVA: diva2:324919
Available from: 2010-06-16 Created: 2010-06-16 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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