Utilisation of self-care products and practices and its associated factors among stroke survivors.

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International journal of clinical practice, 2020, pp. e13821
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PURPOSE:This study explored the characteristics associated with the use of self-care products and practices by people rehabilitating from stroke. MATERIALS AND METHODS:A cross-sectional sub-study of the Sax Institute's 45 and Up Study in which 1300 participants who had indicated a doctor had diagnosed them as having had a stroke were mailed a sub-study survey. The survey instrument included questionnaire items on demographics, self-care products and practices, health status, and stroke status. RESULTS:The survey was completed by 576 (44.3%) of those eligible. At least one self-care product or practice was used by 39.9% of participants. Female participants were more likely than males to use self-care products (p=<0.001) and self-care practices (p=0.021). Self-care product use was higher amongst those with higher levels of fatigue (OR=1.07) and/or those reporting slight (OR=2.05) or moderate disability (OR=2.28), compared to those who had no symptoms at all. CONCLUSIONS:As the burden of stroke survivorship increases due to improved acute stroke care in an aging population, a stronger focus is needed by researchers, clinicians and policy makers on the self-care strategies used by stroke survivors and the ability for health professionals to appropriately support stroke survivors' in their rehabilitation and long-term management.
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