Stroke maintenance exercise group: pilot study on daily functioning in long-term stroke survivors

Patterson, Sarah A., Ross-Edwards, Benjamin M. and Gill, Hannah L. (2010) Stroke maintenance exercise group: pilot study on daily functioning in long-term stroke survivors. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 16 1: 93-97. doi:10.1071/PY09055

Author Patterson, Sarah A.
Ross-Edwards, Benjamin M.
Gill, Hannah L.
Title Stroke maintenance exercise group: pilot study on daily functioning in long-term stroke survivors
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY09055
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 93
End page 97
Total pages 5
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic., Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Typical models of stroke rehabilitation usually direct minimal resources for ongoing maintenance beyond discharge. However, there is increasing recognition of the benefits of community-based rehabilitation to maintain physical function and health in frail and disabled clients. A stroke maintenance exercise group was established to provide long-term care for stroke survivors. A pilot study was conducted to explore its effects compared with a traditional peer support group. Self-reported questionnaires, measuring daily task participation with the Home Functioning Questionnaire and quality of life with the EQ-5D, were utilised to compare twenty-two clients in the stroke maintenance exercise group and twenty-one in the peer support group. The results indicated that both these groups showed a significant increase with daily task participation over a 3-month period. However, no improvement was evident in either group on self-rated quality of life or health status, as measured by the EQ-5D. This pilot study suggests that both stroke maintenance exercise groups and peer support groups are effective with assisting long-term stroke survivors to improve participation in everyday activities. More research is recommended to further explore the long-term needs of this clinical group.
Keyword Cerebral vascular accident
Outpatient care
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Special issue: General Practice and Primary Health Care Research Conference

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Publications
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