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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 13-17

Influence of motor performance and post-stroke duration on quality of life of stroke survivors

1 Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, idi-Araba, Lago, Nigeria
2 Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

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C A Gbiri
Department of Physiotherapy, College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi-Araba, Lagos
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Background And Aims: Motor performance (MP) is important in performance of activity of daily living. Quality of life (QoL) data on stroke survivors (SSv), but there is dearth of literature on the influence of MP and post-stroke duration (PD) on QoL of SSv in Nigeria. Hence, this study investigated the influence of MP and PD on QoL of SSv. Methods: This study involved 84 stroke survivors (53 males and 31 females) who have been discharged from hospital admission and attending out-patient physiotherapy in seven tertiary health institutions in Nigeria. Modified Motor Assessment Scale was used to assess MP while PD was obtained through interview. Quality of life was assessed using the Comprehensive QoL (adult) questionnaire (5 th edition). Data was analysed using Spearman's correlation coefficient and Kruskaal-Wallis test at p = 0.05. Results: Participants ages ranged between 20 and 93 years with a mean of 59.7±11.7 year. Their total objective and subjective QoL scores were 42.0±12.9 and 67.8±10.6 respectively. Their mean PD and MP were 17.8±15.4 months and 55.3±18.9% respectively. There was no significant relationship between MP and QoL. There was no significant relationship among PD, MP and QoL of SSv. Conclusion: Stroke has a negative impact on QoL of Nigeria SSv. Quality of life among Nigeria SSv is neither influenced by how much motor recovery they have achieved or how long they have suffered stroke. Hence, effort should be made to focus on quality of functional performance rather than motor activities during the rehabilitation of stroke patients in Nigeria.

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