Relationship between walking performance and types of community-based activities in people with stroke

an observational study

Matar Alzahrani, Catherine Dean*, Louise Ada

*Corresponding author for this work

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Objectives: To examine the relationship between clinical walking performance and amount and type of community activity in people after stroke. Methods: A cross-sectional observational study of 14 people with stroke living in Sydney and able to walk was carried out. Demographics (such as age, gender, side of stroke, time since stroke, presence of spouse) and aspects of walking performance (such as speed, capacity, automaticity and stairs ability) were measured. People with stroke were observed for at least five hours while they carried out activities in the community. These activities were then categorized into four types: domestic intrinsic, domestic extrinsic, leisure without contact, and leisure with contact activity. Results: No relationship was found between walking performance and the amount of community activity. There was no relationship between walking performance and total time spent on domestic intrinsic activity. Walking speed and stairs ability were significantly correlated with leisure with contact activity (r=0.56, p=0.04, and r=0.57 p=0.03 respectively) and inversely correlated with leisure without contact (r=-0.72, p<0.01, and r=-0.66, p=0.01 respectively). Walking capacity was also inversely correlated with leisure without contact (r=-0.77, p<0.01). Only stairs ability was significantly correlated with domestic extrinsic activity (r=0.77, p<0.01). Conclusions: Findings suggest that if walking performance is poor after stroke, activities at home and in the community will be limited, so that people may become housebound and isolated from society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalRevista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes

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