J Agric Med Community Health.  2010 Mar;35(1):46-55.

The Association of Social Support and Quality of Life of Stroke Patients in a City

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Emergency Medicine, School of Medicine, and Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Korea.
  • 2Jin-Ju Department of Health promotion, Health care center, Gyeongsang National University, Korea.
  • 3Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, and Institute of Health Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Korea. parkks@gnu.ac.kr

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the association of social support and quality of life of stroke patients.
METHODS
Stroke patients were interviewed by a direct contact survey among 160 person. A structured questionnaire was configured about demographic features, social support and health related quality of life (SF12). Data were collected from July to August 2009.
RESULTS
Among social support, satisfaction of dependable when you need help is the highest score (5.3) and console you when you are very upset is the lowest (4.0). Vitality among health related quality of life (HRQOL) is the higest score (55.9) and general health score is the the lowest (17.4). Physical component score (PCS) is lower than mental component. The results of multiple regression analysis about the factors affecting the PCS and MCS score, disability grade and feel better variable gave effect HRQOL.
CONCLUSIONS
For improvement of HRQOL, among stroke patients, community social support, specially, when patients feeling generally down-in-the dumps, the rely on to help feel better was needed.

Keyword

Stroke; HRQOL; Social support
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