The Flemish version of the Life Balance Inventory (LBI), measuring central constructs of life balance, will be validated in a stroke population. Upon approval by the ethical committee, stroke patients will be recruited when they are at least six months post stroke (n = 30). The LBI will be administered twice with one week interval, and demographic, socio-economic variables and other measures of health related quality of life will be collected.
Next, an observational prospective longitudinal study will be set up. We will recruit stroke patients in three rehabilitation centers within one week after admission in the rehabilitation center. Patients will undergo a baseline evaluation and will be re-assessed at discharge from the rehabilitation center, at six months and at 12 months post stroke. A standardized clinical assessment battery, measuring motor, sensory, cognitive, mental and functional outcomes as well as personal and environmental factors will be administered. This observational study will explore recovery patterns of bimanual activities after stroke from baseline evaluation to six and 12 months after stroke. Also the predictive value of motor, sensory, cognitive and mental outcomes on bimanual activities at six and 12 months post stroke is studied, based on data collected on admission to the rehabilitation center. Finally, changes over time in life balance and its determinants will be examined at six and 12 months post stroke. The predictive value of motor, cognitive and functional outcomes on life balance at one year post stroke will be examined, based on data collected on admission to the rehabilitation center. Furthermore the influence of bimanual activities on life balance will be explored in the chronic stage after stroke.
- Observation: Cohort
- Perspective: Prospective
- Sampling: Non-Probability Sample
Patients with a first-ever stroke (n=120) will be recruited consecutively by admission in three rehabilitation centers in Belgium.
|Type||Measure||Time Frame||Safety Issue|
|Primary||Adult Assisting Hand Assessment - Stroke||12 months post stroke||No|
|Primary||Life Balance Inventory||12 months post stroke||No|