Relationship between Functional Impairment and Social Network in Adult Stroke Survivors- A Pilot Study
Keywords:Stroke recovery, Functional impairment, Social network
Introduction: Stroke is a massive public health problem, being the third most common cause of death in
the developed world and the leading cause of adult disability. Stroke and associated functional, impairments
affect capacity to work, many survivors have to leave their jobs, which may result in breakdown of social
network. The objective of the study was to find the relationship between functional impairment and social
network among adult stroke survivors.
Methodology: 20 adult stroke survivors (15 males and 5 females) were included for the study according
to the inclusion criteria. Barthel Index Scale was used for assess functional impairment and Fillenbaum
questionnaire was used to assess social network.
Result: Out of 20 stroke survivors 12 (60%) had haemorrhagic stroke and 8 (40%) had ischemic stroke. The
mean age of the subjects was 54.50±8.90. The mean duration of the stroke was 8.35±5.63 months. Pearson
correlation test was used to check the relationship between functional impairment and social network. The
result showed that functional impairment had a weak correlation with social network (r = 0.34) which was
however not statistically significant (p = 0.15).
Conclusion: Better functional independence was associated with good social network.