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Introduction: Number of people with disabilities resulting from stroke is increasing in Thailand. Almost all of those individuals have residual physical impairments that cause difficulty in functional performance leading to poor quality of life, especially when at home.
Objectives: To investigate effects of home visit program on functional abilities and quality of life of persons with disabilities resulting from stroke.
Materials and methods: This study was a quasi-experimental research design. Thirty-six persons with disabilities resulting from stroke living in Chiang Mai Province were recruited by purposive sampling and divided into 2 groups, 18 each. The experimental group was received home visit program and the other was the control. Two instruments used in this study were 1) Test of Activities of Daily Living and 2) the World Health Organization Quality of Life-Thai version (WHOQOL-BREF-THAI). Pretest data was collected within 7 days prior to home visit program. Occupational therapist provided a 3-hour home visit and provided rehabilitation education to participants. Data collection at post-test was the conducted 3 months post intervention.
Results: Scores of activities of daily living and quality of life increased significantly (p<0.05) in both groups. However, score of quality of life in the experimental participants at post intervention (89.11±10.84) was significantly higher than those in the control (80.61±8.75) (p<0.05).
Conclusion: The results reflected benefit of home visit program conducted by occupational therapists on better quality of life. Occupational therapists can incorporate a home visit program into their routine work in order to enhance functional abilities which will lead to good quality of life in stroke clients when they are at home.
Bull Chiang Mai Assoc Med Sci 2016; 49(2): 276-285. Doi: 10.14456/jams.2016.24
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