Quality of Life of Post Stroke Patients and their Caretaker in Chennai
Keywords:stroke; quality of life; caretaker; self-care; anxiety and depression; usual activities
Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in India. Around 2 million Indians suffer from stroke every
year in India, and the most important cause of severe adult disability. Stroke not only severely affects
an individual’s quality of life, but also their caretaker’s. This burden can result in a deterioration of the
caretaker’s health, social life, and psychological well being such as, emotional health, morale, work life,
finances, social mobility, interpersonal relationship and their own family. Here in this study, the quality of
life of 50 stroke patients and their caretaker staying in a tertiary care hospital in Chennai, South India, is
assessed using a pretested and validated questionnaire EuroQol EQ-5D-5L which contains questions in 5
domains in which each dimensions having five response levels and The EQ-VAS scale which records the
respondent’s overall current health on the day of examination on a vertical visual analogue scale from 0-100.
The data were entered and coded in Microsoft Excel and analysed based on their frequency, proportion,
and severity. About 80% of stroke patients return home after the acute hospitalization and at least onehalf of them require permanent or temporary help from other people in the home setting. Many caregivers
suffer from anxiety/ depression. This study will be useful in analysing the QOL of the patient’s and their
caretaker’s and provide us a new perspective in not only treating the physical aspects of stroke but also its
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