Yuxue Wu

Date of Completion


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Master of Arts in Nursing


Stroke, Quality of Life


Introduction:Although there is evidence that self-perceived burden is associated with quality of life, and that self-perceived burden may influence the level of quality of life, evidence for any association in stroke patients is weak. The aim of this study was to determine the association between perceived burden and quality of life in stroke patients.

Methods: This was conducted through non-experimental cross-sectional correlation design and questionnaire survey. The study involved 80 participants from a hospital in Shandong Province, who were asked to complete the data collection by filling out the questionnaire online.

Results: The results showed that among the 80 eligible participants, both the self- perceived burden (M=3.21, SD = 0.911) and the quality of life (M=2.68, SD=0.901)

were at moderate levels. It was found out that there is significant difference between the self-perceived burden and quality of life of the respondents in terms of their sex, age, family monthly income, level of functional independence, length of disease duration, and type of body’s affectation. Through the Spearman's correlation analysis, there is a significant correlation between self-perceived burden and quality of life (rs = -0.873, P < 0.001).

Conclusion: This study shows that the self-perceived burden of stroke patients is significantly correlated with quality of life. This suggests that the degree of quality of life of stroke patients can be improved by improving their self-perceived burden. This implies that alleviating self-perceived burden has a positive effect on improving the quality of life of patients.

First Advisor

Anali G. Tangog