July 2018: Rudberg et al (2018) Long-term health-related quality of life, survival and costs by different levels of functional outcome six-months after stroke, European Stroke Journal, 3(2), 157-164. https://doi.org/10.1177/2396987317753444
OK, so I admit, I’m on a bit of a roll! This is my second article on “quality of life” (QoL) and they’ve been in consecutive months. Therefore, I promise that I won’t do QoL again, in 2018, at least. However, I’m certainly not apologising for my selection because essentially, isn’t this is what all healthcare relating to stroke is about? Whatever we do or don’t do in the management of those diagnosed with stroke, must have something to do with the person’s quality of life. I would propose that the most important outcome after stroke must be QoL. What’s interesting about Rudberg et al’s (2018) article is that functional level at 6 months was highly predictive of QoL and long-term survival at 3 years. This longitudinal study makes for very interesting reading, and it is readily available at http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/2396987317753444
To view the Abstract, go to the Journal Club 2018 link. To find just “Humble Opinion”, please see my comment below.