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Volume 9, issue 1

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Latest advancements in the evaluation of quality of life in stroke patients

Józef Opara1
1. IV Oddziału Rehabilitacji Schorzeń Neurologicznych Górnośląskiego Centrum Rehabilitacji „Repty” w Tarnowskich Górach
Postępy Psychiatrii u Neurologii, 2000, 9, 63-70
Keywords: stroke, quality of life, daily routine

Abstract

This article discusses the latest advancements in the evaluation of quality of life in stroke patients. Such evaluation is usually made no sooner than six months after the stroke and its purpose is to predict long-term functioning. Brain stroke usually has a serious effect on the patient's further life. Stroke patients usually have poorer earning potential, often go onto disability pension, are less active, have difficulty speaking, reading, arranging official business, talking on the telephone and writing. They seldom leave home, seldom entertain, have trouble travelling independently, are less active socially and are reluctant to speak up. Several of the questionnaires most frequently used to evaluate quality of life in stroke patients are presented. Three of these questionnaires, the 20-Jtem Short-Form Health Survey – SF-20, SF-36 and the Sickness Impact Profile are discussed more thoroughly. Greatest attention is paid to the most recent scale, the Stroke-Adapted 30-Item Version of the Sickness Impact Profile – SA-SIP 30), the first quality of life scale specially designed for stroke patients which is discussed at length.

Address for correspondence:
Dr hab. Józef Opara, IV Oddział Rehabilitacji Schorzeń Neurologicznych
Górnośląskiego Centrum Rehabilitacji "Repty", ul. Śniadeckiego 1,42-604 Tarnowskie Góry