Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2005 Dec;8(2):149-156.

Analysis of Functional Independence Status and Home Care Needs among Stroke Patients

  • 1Department of Nursing, Daegu Haany University, Korea. jeoney@dhu.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to analyze functional independence and need for home nursing care in stroke patients. METHOD: This was a descriptive study. The subjects comprised 117 stroke patients who were supposed to discharge in less than a week. The instruments used for this study were the functional independence measure (FIM) and the need assessment for home nursing care of stroke patients. The data were analyzed using frequency, mean, t-test, ANOVA, and Pearson correlation coefficient. RESULTS: Pearson correlation analysis revealed that there were negative correlations between subcategories of the FIM and the need for home nursing care in stroke patients. Especially, in case of the subjects who recorded lower scores at self-care they showed higher needs for home nursing care in the domain of physical problem and rehabilitation. CONCLUSION: For the operation of the home nursing care, the protocol for home nursing care is needed to the stroke patients living at home. The FIM instrument is recommended as a useful scale in order to assess the disability for the stroke patients and the need for home nursing care because this one has correlation with the scale of need for home nursing care.


Stroke; Home nursing care

MeSH Terms

Home Care Services*
Home Nursing
Self Care
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