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Keywords

middle age, NeuroQoL, patient-reported outcomes, PROMIS, stroke, symptoms, young adult

 

Authors

  1. Rhudy, Lori M.
  2. Wells-Pittman, Jennifer
  3. Flemming, Kelly D.

ABSTRACT

OBJECTIVE: Few prospective studies have examined psychosocial symptoms in young adult stroke survivors. The purpose of this pilot study was to examine the feasibility of methods to assess and describe the presence of symptoms and their characteristics in young adult stroke survivors.

 

METHODS: A prospective descriptive design using PROMIS and NeuroQoL patient-reported outcomes was used. Stroke survivors aged 18 to 65 years admitted for acute ischemic stroke completed baseline measures before hospital discharge; the same measures were collected by telephone interview 6 months later.

 

RESULTS: Thirty patients were recruited, and 18 (60%) completed follow-up measures. There was wide variability in scores across patients for each patient-reported outcome that persisted at 6 months. NeuroQoL cognitive function was the only patient-reported outcome to have a statistically significant change from baseline to 6 months (P = .045).

 

CONCLUSIONS: It is feasible to recruit and retain young adult stroke survivors in a prospective study. Wide variability in scores across patients suggests different trajectories of recovery in the first 6 months after stroke. Neuroscience nurses can assess for these symptoms and provide individualized interventions to aid in self-management of burdensome symptoms.