Correlative Study between Memory Deficits and Upper Extremity Motor Dysfunction in Hemiplegic Stroke PatientsAuthor(s): Rasha Hegazy*, Elbadawy Ibrahim Elheneidi, Youssef Elbalawy, Ibrahim Mohamed Hamoda, Mohammed Taha Said and Maha M. Mokhtar
Background: Stroke patients majorly suffer from both motor and cognitive impairments. Rehabilitation programs focus more on treating motor impairments through using conventional treatments. However, if intact memory is required to perform motor functions; then can memory training/rehabilitation enhance motor recovery. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between memory deficits with upper limb motor dysfunction in patients with stroke.
Materials and methods: Fifty stroke patients were recruited in this correlational study. Upper limb motor function was evaluated by the Fugl-Meyer Assessment- Upper Extremity (FMA-UE). Cognitive functions were evaluated by the Addenbrooke's Cognitive Examination (ACE). For correlation, data were imported into Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS version 20.0) (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) software for analysis. A result was considered statistically significant when p was <0.05. Chi-Square test Χ² was used to test the association variables for categorical data.
Results: There was a significant correlation between memory parameter of Addenbrooke’s Cognitive and motor functions. ACE memory parameter with FM (r=.580**, p=.000).
Conclusion: There was a highly significant correlation between memory deficits and motor dysfunction.
Significant statement: This study confirmed that there was significant correlation between memory deficits and motor dysfunction in stroke patients with hemiplegia.