'Factors contributing to upper limb recovery after stroke: a survey of stroke survivors in Queensland Australia'

Barker, Ruth N., Gill, Toby J., and Brauer, Sandra G. (2007) 'Factors contributing to upper limb recovery after stroke: a survey of stroke survivors in Queensland Australia'. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29 (13). pp. 981-989.

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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.

Item ID: 2773
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5165
Keywords: limb recovery; stroke; stroke survivors; Queensland; upper limb; survey; recovery
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2009 06:27
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1106 Human Movement and Sports Science > 110602 Exercise Physiology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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