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Stroke patients benefit from family involvement




Your family's involvement in your exercise treatment could significantly improve your function and recovery after stroke, as per a research studyin the March print issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.
Scientists observed that adding family-assisted exercise treatment to routine physical treatment after stroke improved motor function, balance, distance walked and ability to perform daily living activities. It also lowered the strain on the family member, who said participation lowered stress and was empowering.

"It's a win-win situation for everyone," said Emma Stokes, Ph.D., the study's principal investigator and Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. "People with stroke, their families and healthcare providers share in the benefit".



Stroke patients benefit from family involvement

The study involved 40 male and female stroke survivors, all Caucasian. Half received routine exercise treatment, while the others received the FAmily Mediated Exercise intervention (FAME) in addition to routine treatment.

The routine exercise treatment group included seven men and 13 women, average age 70. The FAME group had 13 men and seven women, average age 63. Family members helped the stroke patient do exercises in 35-minute increments seven days per week for eight weeks to improve leg function. The exercises were simple enough to be done at the bedside, either at the hospital or at home. Exercise was tailored to each individual and modified weekly to reflect improvement. Scientists assessed the outcome of the two groups after the therapy period and at three-month follow-up.

Rose Galvin Ph.D, FAME's research physiotherapist conducted brief training sessions for the participating family members and met with them on a weekly basis.

Length of hospital stay in the family exercise group was an average 35 days in comparison to 40 days in the routine exercise group.

Scientists found statistically significant differences between FAME patients vs. routine care patients in eight measures of impairment and activity. For example, in the six-minute walk test, the routine group walked about 47 meters (154 feet) more after receiving treatment, while the FAME group walked about 164 meters (538 feet) more in comparison to baseline. Moreover, the FAME group survivors were significantly more integrated into their community at follow-up.

Family members who participated in the exercise treatment also experienced a major benefit.

"Instead of adding burden to the caregiver, participating in exercise actually enabled the family member to do something practical for their loved one in hospital," Stokes said. "Caregivers were less stressed and more empowered".


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Your family's involvement in your exercise treatment could significantly improve your function and recovery after stroke, as per a research studyin the March print issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Scientists observed that adding family-assisted exercise treatment to routine physical treatment after stroke improved motor function, balance, distance walked and ability to perform daily living activities. It also lowered the strain on the family member, who said participation lowered stress and was empowering.

Medicineworld.org: Stroke patients benefit from family involvement

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