Health-related quality of life in patients with poststroke emotional incontinence.

Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

PubMedID: 21872839

Chen YK, Wong KS, Mok V, Ungvari GS, Tang WK. Health-related quality of life in patients with poststroke emotional incontinence. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2011;92(10):1659-62.
OBJECTIVE
To assess the effect of poststroke emotional incontinence (PSEI) on health-related quality of life (HRQOL).

DESIGN
Cross-sectional observational study.

SETTING
Psychiatric clinic.

PARTICIPANTS
Stroke survivors (N=385; consecutive series) discharged from the acute stroke unit between December 2004 and June 2007.

INTERVENTIONS
Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES
Chinese (Hong Kong) version of the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) for HRQOL.

RESULTS
Fifty-eight (15.1%) patients had PSEI. After adjustment for possible demographic and clinical confounders, subjects with PSEI had significantly lower physical and mental summary scores, particularly in the General and Mental Health, Social Function, and Role-Emotional subscales of the SF-36.

CONCLUSION
PSEI has an independent effect on HRQOL. Longitudinal studies of stroke are warranted to confirm and extend this finding.