A recent story in HealthDay News, quoting from a new study published in the journal Neurology, found that women who survive a stroke tend to have a poorer quality of life than male stroke survivors do.
After studying women stroke survivors for three months, “women were more likely than men to have mobility problems, pain and discomfort, as well as anxiety and depression. At one year, women still had poorer overall quality of life than men, but the difference was not as large as at three months, the investigators found.”
The lead researchers suggest that quality-of-life issues will need more scrutiny from caregivers and the healthcare medical team, including better interventions and gender-specific screening tools, to improve these patients’ lives.
The study may indicate that women stroke survivors require greater supervision by caregivers and home health aides.
Richard Ueberfluss, PT www.assistinghands.com/naperville