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Acceptance of Disability and its Predictors among Stroke Patients in Taiwan
BMC Neurology
  • Shan-Yun Chiu, The Buddhist Tzuchi Medical Foundation
  • Hanoch Livneh, Portland State University
  • Long-Lung Tsao, The Buddhist Tzuchi Medical Foundation
  • Tzung-Yi Tsai, Tzu Chi College of Technology
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
11-14-2013
Subjects
  • Cerebrovascular disease - Taiwan,
  • Disability -- Acceptance of
Abstract
Background: Modern medicine has increased the survival rate for stroke patients; however, the patient’s psychosocial adaptation after stroke onset may be related to the clinical outcomes. This study aimed to investigate patients’ acceptance of disability (AOD) and its predictors in stroke patients. Methods: This cross-sectional study used a purposive sampling method to recruit 175 stroke patients from a hospital in southern Taiwan. A structured questionnaire gathered data on respondent demographics and disease characteristics, and included the Chinese version of the AOD Scale-Revised. Factors associated with AOD were examined by a multiple linear regression analysis. Results: The mean AOD score was 71.72, which indicated a lower level of disease acceptance (range, 32-128). Our findings showed that patients who reported no religious beliefs, shorter disease duration, recurrent stroke episodes, and poorer physical functioning also reported lower levels of disability acceptance. These factors accounted for 38.2% of the variance in AOD among participants. Conclusions: The findings are beneficial to healthcare providers by identifying those stroke patients with predisposition of having lower disability acceptance, which could then facilitate the provision of appropriate rehabilitation interventions within six months after the diagnosis of stroke to support their adaptation process
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Copyright 2013 Chiu et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited

doi:10.1186/1471-2377-13-175

DOI
10.1186/1471-2377-13-175
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/10285
Citation Information
Chiu et al.: Acceptance of disability and its predictors among stroke patients in Taiwan. BMC Neurology 2013 13:175.