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Exploration of some personal factors with the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health Core sets for stroke.

Journal article
Authors Guna Berzina
Markku Paanalahti
Åsa Lundgren Nilsson
Katharina Stibrant Sunnerhagen
Published in Journal of rehabilitation medicine : official journal of the UEMS European Board of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume 45
Issue 7
Pages 609-615
ISSN 1651-2081
Publication year 2013
Published at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Department of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation
Pages 609-615
Language en
Keywords ICF, personal factors, stroke
Subject categories Neurology


Objective: The aim of this study was to explore the influence of personal factors (i.e. age, gender, place of residence and time since onset of stroke) on self-perceived functioning and environmental factors, using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) Core Set for Stroke (extended version) as a framework. Design: Cross-sectional study. Participants: A total of 243 community-dwelling persons (53% men) with prior stroke (6 months to 13 years) with a mean age of 68 years (age range 24-95 years). Methods: Regression analysis of 4 personal factors (age, gender, place of residence, and time since onset of stroke) was used to explore their influence on different components, domains and categories of functioning and environmental factors, evaluated with the extended version of the Comprehensive ICF Core Set for Stroke. Results: The personal factors had statistically significant predictive values for almost all the categories, domains and components of functioning and environmental factors examined in this study. These factors influence self-perceived functional outcome and environmental factors in terms of being barriers or facilitators in various ways. Conclusion: Personal factors, such as age, gender, place of residence and time since onset of stroke, influence self-perceived functioning and environmental factors.

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