Factors influencing use of assistive technology in post-stroke patients – preliminary findings

Emilia Mikołajewska

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12775/MBS.2016.014


Background. Assistive technology (AT) is regarded as one of the most important factors influencing functional recovery and independence in patients after stroke. There is still a need for research on predictors and early identification of AT requirements in order to shape and maximize its positive influence on the recovery process.

Objective. To identify and evaluate relationship between selected factors (age, sex, time after cerebrovascular accident) and AT use.

Results. Among 140 patients involved in the study, the use of AT was as follows: the most common AT equipment were wheelchairs (used by 40.81% of patients), canes (15.71%) and husks (15%). Up to 5 % patients used more than one AT device. Sex, age, time after cerebrovascular accident, and post-stroke complications were important factors influencing AT use in stroke-survivors.

Conclusions. Study outcomes confirm important clinical information extending existing studies, especially co-occurrence of AT devices use.


stroke; assistive technology; activities of daily living; quality of life

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