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Factors influencing return to work after stroke: the Korean Stroke Cohort for Functioning and Rehabilitation (KOSCO) Study

 Junhee Han  ;  Hae In Lee  ;  Yong-Il Shin  ;  Ju Hyun Son  ;  Soo-Yeon Kim  ;  Deog Young Kim  ;  Min Kyun Sohn  ;  Jongmin Lee  ;  Sam-Gyu Lee  ;  Gyung-Jae Oh  ;  Yang-Soo Lee  ;  Min Cheol Joo  ;  Eun Young Han  ;  Won Hyuk Chang  ;  Yun-Hee Kim 
 BMJ Open, Vol.9(7) : e028673, 2019 
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 BMJ Open 
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employment ; persons with stroke ; return to work ; vocational rehabilitation ; work
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the rate of return to work and identify key factors associated with return to work between 3 months and 2 years after stroke. DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: The Korean Stroke Cohort for Functioning and Rehabilitation (KOSCO) in Korea. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 193 persons with first-ever stroke who reported working status at 3 months after stroke. OUTCOME MEASURES: Data on baseline characteristics were collected from medical records. Functional assessments were performed using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale, the modified Rankin Scale, the Fugl-Meyer Assessment, the Functional Ambulatory Category, the Korean Mini-Mental State Examination, the Korean version of the Frenchay Aphasia Screening Test, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association National Outcomes Measurement System, the Korean-Modified Barthel Index, the Geriatric Depression Scale-Short Form and the EuroQol-5 dimensions. An enumeration survey included the Reintegration to Normal Living Index, the Psychosocial Well-being Index-Short Form (, the Family Support Index and the Caregivers Burden Index. RESULTS: Overall, 145 (75.1%) patients who had a stroke in the "Continuously-Employed" group and 48 (24.9%) in the "Employed-Unemployed" group returned to work between 3 months and 2 years after stroke. Multivariate logistic analysis demonstrated that in patients who had a stroke, characteristics such as age, PWI-SF Score, and caregiver characteristics, including age, sex (female) and living arrangements, were significantly associated with return to work between 3 months and 2 years after stroke. CONCLUSION: Age and PWI-SF Score of patients who had a stroke, as well as the age, sex and living arrangements of caregivers, are key factors influencing the return to work after stroke. TRIAL REGISTRATION NUMBER: NCT03402451.
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