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Stroke maintenance exercise group: pilot study on daily functioning in long-term stroke survivors

Sarah A. Patterson A B, Benjamin M. Ross-Edwards A, Hannah L. Gill A

A Community Integrated Rehabilitation Service, Logan Central Community Health, PO Box 240, Logan Central, Qld 4114, Australia.
B Corresponding author. Email: sarah_patterson@health.qld.gov.au
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Typical models of stroke rehabilitation usually direct minimal resources for ongoing maintenance beyond discharge. However, there is increasing recognition of the benefits of community-based rehabilitation to maintain physical function and health in frail and disabled clients. A stroke maintenance exercise group was established to provide long-term care for stroke survivors. A pilot study was conducted to explore its effects compared with a traditional peer support group. Self-reported questionnaires, measuring daily task participation with the Home Functioning Questionnaire and quality of life with the EQ-5D, were utilised to compare twenty-two clients in the stroke maintenance exercise group and twenty-one in the peer support group. The results indicated that both these groups showed a significant increase with daily task participation over a 3-month period. However, no improvement was evident in either group on self-rated quality of life or health status, as measured by the EQ-5D. This pilot study suggests that both stroke maintenance exercise groups and peer support groups are effective with assisting long-term stroke survivors to improve participation in everyday activities. More research is recommended to further explore the long-term needs of this clinical group.

Keywords: cerebral vascular accident, outpatient care, rehabilitation.

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