Journal article

The importance of cognition to quality of life after stroke

Toby B Cumming, Amy Brodtmann, David Darby, Julie Bernhardt



OBJECTIVE: Suffering a stroke typically has a negative impact on a person's quality of life. There is some evidence that post-stroke cognitive impairment is associated with poor quality of life, but the relative importance of deficits in different cognitive domains has not been established. METHODS: Patients with confirmed stroke were recruited in the acute hospital. A subgroup of patients completed 2 computerized cognitive tasks (simple and choice reaction time) within 2 weeks of stroke. The full cohort was followed up at 3 months with a comprehensive neuropsychological battery and then at 12 months with the Assessment of Quality of Life ('AQoL). RESULTS: Sixty patients participated in the ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank all participants for their time and effort. We also thank Debbie Hansen and Karen Moss for helping collect the data. This work was supported by research grants from the National Stroke Foundation and from the Equity Trustees Preston & Loui Geduld Trust Fund. Dr Cumming was funded by a National Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health acknowledges the strong support of the Victorian Government and in particular the funding from the Operational Infrastructure Support Grant.