Health-related quality of life among young adults with ischemic stroke on long-term follow-up

  • Naess H
  • Waje-Andreassen U
  • Thomassen L
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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We sought to compare health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in young adults with ischemic stroke on long-term follow-up with controls and to evaluate HRQoL in clinically relevant patient subgroups. METHODS: HRQoL was determined with the use of the 8 subscales of the Short-Form General Health Survey (SF-36). Subgroups of patients were defined by sex, age, functional status (modified Rankin Scale), marital status, education, depression (Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale), and fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale). SF-36 scores among patients were compared with SF-36 scores among age- and sex-matched controls and SF-36 scores available from the general Norwegian population. RESULTS: SF-36 scores were obtained after a mean follow-up of 6.0 years among 190 young adults with ischemic stroke during 1988-1997 and among 215 responding controls (55%). The difference in HRQoL between patients, controls, and the general Norwegian population was restricted mainly to the 3 subscales physical functioning, general health, and social functioning (P

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  • Case-control studies
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Quality of life
  • Young adults

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Authors

  • Halvor Naess

  • Ulrike Waje-Andreassen

  • Lars Thomassen

  • Harald Nyland

  • Kjell Morten Myhr

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