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Factors contributing to upper limb recovery after stroke: a survey of stroke survivors in Queensland Australia.
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PMID:  17612983     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
PURPOSE: To identify factors which contribute to upper limb recovery, from the perspective of stroke survivors. METHOD: A retrospective cross-sectional survey was administered by post to 220 stroke survivors with upper limb impairment who were more than 3 months post-stroke. The content and language for the questionnaire were drawn from a series of focus groups and in-depth interviews with stroke survivors (n = 29). Where possible items or composite scales were replicated or adapted from existing surveys. RESULTS: Many factors regarding the stroke survivors' commitment to recovery, the type and amount of exercise undertaken and their knowledge of how to progress were associated with self-reported upper limb recovery. The single most important factor was 'use of the arm in everyday tasks', which was independently responsible for more than 12% of the variance in recovery. 'Not enough movement to work with' was the second most important factor, representing the greatest barrier to recovery. CONCLUSIONS: The findings of this survey highlight many practical day to day factors that may contribute to a stroke survivor's ability to advance the recovery of their upper limb. Stroke recovery services can use this information to tailor their services to ensure these practical concerns are addressed.
Ruth N Barker; Toby J Gill; Sandra G Brauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  29     ISSN:  0963-8288     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2007 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-06     Completed Date:  2007-09-04     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  981-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Physiotherapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cross-Sectional Studies
Factor Analysis, Statistical
Focus Groups
Middle Aged
Stroke / rehabilitation*
Task Performance and Analysis

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