IJSRP, Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2013 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
This study was an experimental research using a two-group pre-posttest aiming to develop a physical capacity program for stroke patients with hemiplegia. The samples consisted of stroke patients aged 40-69 years old who had lost physical capacity less than 6 months and had been treated from a hospital in Thailand. 64 patients were involved and assigned to a control or experimental group by using a simple random sampling technique. The experimental group received a physical capacity program for 12 months, while the control group received a routine rehabilitation program from the hospital. The program included training activities of daily living such as sitting on a wheel chair, walking, speaking, dressing, taking a bath and eating. Data were analyzed by using descriptive statistics, paired t-test and the analysis of covariance. The results revealed the levels of activities of daily living of the patients in the experimental group were significantly higher than those in the control group. The findings suggested stroke patients would gain benefits from the physical capacity program because they become more active in their rehabilitation. Nurses and other health care professionals in communities should further use the physical capacity program to continuously promote activities of daily living in stroke patients with hemiplegia.