Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Ann Rehabil Med. 2012 Dec;36(6):797-803. doi: 10.5535/arm.2012.36.6.797. Epub 2012 Dec 28.

Fear of falling in subacute hemiplegic stroke patients: associating factors and correlations with quality of life.

Author information

  • 1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, National Rehabilitation Hospital, Seoul 142-884, Korea.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the associating factors of fear of falling (FOF) and the correlations between FOF and quality of life (QOL) on subacute stroke patients in Korea.

METHOD:

Fifty hemiplegic subacute stroke patients in our clinic were recruited. We directly asked patients with their fear of falling and interviewed them with the Korean version of falls efficacy scale-international (KFES-I). We divided the participants into two groups; with FOF and without FOF. We compared these groups with the strength of hemiplegic hip abductor, knee extensor, ankle plantar flexor, functional ambulation category (FAC) scale, stroke specific quality of life (SSQOL), and hospital anxiety depression scale (HADS).

RESULTS:

Thirty-four participants were enrolled, and more than half of the patients with subacute stroke had FOF. We compared the patients with and without FOF. According to the results, FOF was associated with the strength of hemiplegic hip abductor, knee extensor and ankle plantar flexor, FAC, total SSQOL, and domains (energy, mobility, self care, upper extremity function) of SSQOL (p<0.05). FOF was also associated with the anxiety score of HADS (p<0.05). KFES-I had a significant negative correlation with the strength of hemiplegic hip abductor, knee extensor and ankle plantar flexor, FAC, total SSQOL, and domains (energy, mobility, self care, upper extremity function) of SSQOL (p<0.01).

CONCLUSION:

The FOF was associated with not only QOL but also with the physical and psychological factors, and in particular, anxiety. Therefore, further concerns about FOF in subacute stroke patients might be required.

KEYWORDS:

Anxiety; Falling; Fear; Quality of life; Stroke

PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine Icon for PubMed Central
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk