Three different points of view in stroke rehabilitation: Patient, caregiver, and physiotherapist

Demir Y. P., Balci N., Ünlüer N. Ö., Uluǧ N., Dogru E., KILINÇ M., ...More

Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, vol.22, no.5, pp.377-385, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1179/1074935714z.0000000042
  • Journal Name: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.377-385
  • Keywords: International classification of functioning (ICF), Patient's and caregiver's priorities, Physiotherapist, Stroke rehabilitation
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: No


Background: The similarities or differences of the threesome (physiotherapists, patients, and caregivers) thought about the process of stroke rehabilitation can play a key role in the success of rehabilitation. Objective: The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate the perspectives of the threesome, with regard to the two themes of the study: (1) What are the problems faced by the patients after stroke?; and (2) What does recovery after stroke mean to you? Methods: The qualitative questions and possible answers were prepared by four physiotherapists. The answers were matched to International Classification of Functioning (ICF) components. Seventy patients who were having treatment as in-patient rehabilitation centers, their caregivers, and physiotherapists were invited to the study. After the questions were asked and the possible response choices were presented, subjects were asked to prioritize these response choices. Results: One hundred and fifty-nine subjects, including 53 patients, 53 caregivers, and 53 physiotherapists, were included to the study. When the theme 1 were examined, we found that the patients' first priority was functional abilities (ICF: body function and structure) such as using the hands and feet while the caregivers and physiotherapists prioritized self-care problems (ICF: activity and participation). The most common response to the theme 2 was "being in same health condition before the disease'' (ICF: activity and participation) among the patients and caregivers and "being able to move arm and leg on the affected side'' (body function and structure) among the physiotherapists. Conclusion: As a conclusion, problems faced by the patients, caregivers, and physiotherapists were perceived under the same ICF domain and that caregivers' and physiotherapists' priorities were the same.