Factors affecting stroke patients' motivations for rehabilitation

H. F. Yu, Nai-Wen Guo, H. Y. Chen, C. P. Liang

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Factors correlated to the motivation for rehabilitation in stroke patients were studied. Thirty patients who had had only one stroke were recruited between December 1991 and April 1992 for our study. Several assessment tools including the Motivational scale, the Health Locus of Control scale and a questionnaire were used. According to the results of the assessment, the stroke patients' motivation remained stable when assessed two to three times during the hospital stay, whereas their UE/LE Brunnstrom stage scores and activities of daily living skill (ADL) improved significantly. The motivation of the patients was closely correlated with the degree of education, the internal scores and ADL performance: patients with education level higher than primary school, higher internal scores, or better ADL performance had stronger motivation for rehabilitation. On the other hand, motivational assessments between the nursing staff and the therapists were not completely in agreement. The ADL performance was better correlated with the degree of motivation on the nursing assessment, whereas the Brunnstrom stage scores of UE/LE were more closely correlated with the therapists' assessment. Items on the motivational questionnaire such as "eagerness to recover earlier", "recognition of the effectiveness of rehabilitation", "support of spouse" and "homesickness" were commonly considered to be positive factors. However, the other factors such as "being in bad mood", "lack of family cooperation", "worrying about things other than finances" and "lack of family support" were commonly considered to be negative factors on motivation. In the comparison between high and low motivation groups, the high motivation group payed more attention to the positive factors such as "eagerness to be independent" and such negative factors as "lack of understanding of illness" as well as "poor appetite and fatigue". The low motivation group was considered to be more affected by such negative factors as "worrying about things other than finances", "not good enough facilities" and "homesickness" which resulted in lessening the motivation for rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-316
Number of pages12
JournalKaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1993 May

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  • Medicine(all)

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