Journal international de médecine physique et de réadaptation

Journal international de médecine physique et de réadaptation
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ISSN: 2329-9096


Impairment of Dressing Ability in Stroke Patients: An Experimental Study

Shotaro Sasaki, Seiichiro Sugimura, Makoto Suzuki, Yoshitsugu Omori, Yohtaro Sakakibara, Tsuyoshi Sashima

Dressing ability is important to maintain a satisfactory standard of living. There is a high probability that dressing ability becomes impaired in stroke patients and the effects are quite serious. Approximately 49% of stroke patients are reported to be unable to independently put on their clothes within 3 weeks after the onset of stroke. When the dressing ability is impaired, restoration of this ability becomes a critical issue. Dressing support is time consuming and often causes physical fatigue of the support person. Occupational therapists usually spend a great deal of time performing interventions to improve patient’s dressing ability. For effective restoration of dressing ability, setting a reliable and practical target representing the dressing ability is very important for stroke patients in occupational therapy.