Korean J Rehabil Nurs.  2022 Dec;25(2):70-80. 10.7587/kjrehn.2022.70.

A Comparison of Fatigue, Depression, and Psychosocial Well-being according Care Dependency in Stroke Patients

  • 1Nurse, Kosin University Gospel Hospital, Busan, Korea
  • 2Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Kosin University, Busan, Korea


The purpose of this study was to compare fatigue, depression, and psychosocial well-being according to level of care dependency in stroke patients.
140 stroke patients participated in this descriptive correlation study. Data were collected from July 12, 2019, to March 25, 2020. The data collected using a structured questionnaire on care dependency, fatigue, depression, psychosocial well-being. To analyze the data, mean, standard deviation, x2 test, ANCOVA, and Pearson's correlation coefficients were used.
Stroke patients with moderate to high level of care dependency showed higher fatigue compared to patients with low care dependency. The patients with high care dependency presented significantly higher depression than the patients with low and the moderate care dependency patients did. Low care dependency group had higher psychosocial well-being scores compared to moderate care dependency group, while moderate care dependency group had higher psychosocial well-being scores compared to high care dependency group.
The results of this study showed that stroke patients with high care dependency presented high fatigue and depression in addition to low well-being. Therefore, it is necessary to develop and apply nursing interventions to reduce fatigue and depression and to promote psychosocial well-being for the patients with high level of care dependency.


Stroke; Fatigue; Depression; Adaptation; psychological
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