Hong Kong Med J 2007;13(Suppl 5):S34-6
Psychosocial and physical factors predicting handicap following stroke
JPC Chau, J Woo, AM Chang
The Nethersole School of Nursing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
1. This study has found that psychosocial and physical factors have an impact on the level of post-stroke handicap, thereby providing direction for secondary health promotion by health professionals in both hospital and community settings.
2. It is essential to offer psychological support, implement measures to improve selfesteem, and maximise social support, especially for those without a partner.
3. Interventions should target risk factors for handicap and depression.