The Life Satisfaction of Stroke Patients: An Important Concept in Rehabilitation
This study examined the life satisfaction of stroke victims, focusing in the relationship among life satisfaction and functional abilities, side of weakness, type of therapy, gender, and marital status. Data were analyzed from telephone interviews, using the LSIA index as a measure of life satisfaction and the FIM indices for locomotion and transferring. The sample consisted of 60 (>=63 years) stroke victims, who have participated in a rehabilitation program, at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, 6 to 13 months prior to the study. Life satisfaction in stroke patients was lower than the general geriatric population. There were significant differences between the life satisfaction of left sided weakness and right sided weakness patients; while other variables: gender, type of therapy, and marital status, showed no significant differences. Increased functional abilities appeared to be related to increased life satisfaction, with transferring showing a greater contribution than locomotion. Importance should be placed on improving the psychological as well as the physical well-being in the rehabilitation of stroke patients.