Selected Factors Related to Physical Functional Ability Among Stroke Older Persons

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Boontarika Maneechot
Siriphan Sasat


Purpose: 1) To study the physical functional ability of stroke older persons 2) To study relationships between gender, age, depression, social support, cognition, and physical functional ability of stroke older persons

Research Design: Descriptive correlational research

Methodology: The participants were 121 men and women with stroke, aged over 60, who visited the out-patient department of the 2 tertiary hospitals. They came from purposive sampling. The questionnaire was applied to collect data. The instruments were the demographic questionnaire, Social supports assessment, Thai Geriatric Depression Scale, cognition assessment using MMSE-Thai 2002, and Barthel ADL Index. The content validity is .92 and the reliability is .71, .80, .83, .93, respectively. Data were analyzed by descriptive statistic, Pearson’s Product-Moment Correlation Coefficient and Chi-square test.

Result: 1) The overall physical functional ability of stroke older persons for self-care is at a good level ( = 16.56, SD. = 4.11) 2). Age and depression were significantly negative correlation with physical functional ability among stroke older persons at the level of .05. (r=-.399, r=-.337). 3) The cognition was significantly positive correlation with physical functional ability among stroke older persons at the level of .05 (r= .348) 4) Gender was significantly correlation with physical functional ability among stroke older persons at the level of .05. 5) Social supports have no correlation with physical functional ability among stroke older persons.

Conclusion: The older of age affects the degradation of physical functional ability while the physical functional ability of men is better than women. Therefore, to give appropriate care for age and gender, the screening of depression and cognition will also help the physical functional ability of stroke older persons to work better.


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