J Korean Acad Nurs.  2004 Apr;34(2):372-378.

Functional Status of Stroke Patients among Different Long-Term Care Settings

  • 1Institute of Health and Environment, Seoul National University, Korea. eenkuha@yahoo.co.kr


The purpose of this study was to measure the functional status of stroke patients cared for in different long-term care settings. METHOD: We assessed all stroke patients in two home health care agencies, four nursing homes and one geriatric hospital in Korea (n=171) using the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI), which comprises Activity of Daily Living (ADL), urine incontinence, bowel incontinence, a Cognitive Performance Scale (CPS),and being understood and understanding others. Data was collected by face-to-face surveys with patients. RESULT: The mean ADL score, urine incontinence score, bowel incontinence score, CPS, and being understood score and understanding others score were lowest for the patients receiving home health care, and highest for the patients in nursing homes. Low scores described poor and high scores good functional status. The results showed significant differences in physical and cognitive function scores between the three groups of patients. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that there may be large differences between the patients in these three types of long-term care settings. These findings can be used to help develop and implement efficient long-term care programs.


Long-term care; Nursing homes; Home care services; Functional status
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