Patients’ outcome expectations and their fulfilment in multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation

SCORE-study group

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Background: Patients’ expectations of the outcomes of rehabilitation may influence the outcomes and satisfaction with treatment. Objectives: For stroke patients in multidisciplinary rehabilitation, we aimed to explore patients’ outcome expectations and their fulfilment as well as determinants. Methods: The Stroke Cohort Outcomes of REhabilitation (SCORE) study included consecutive stroke patients admitted to an inpatient rehabilitation facility after hospitalisation. Outcome expectations were assessed at the start of rehabilitation (admission) by using the three-item Expectancy scale (sum score range 3–27) of the Credibility/Expectancy Questionnaire (CEQ). After rehabilitation, patients answered the same questions formulated in the past tense to assess fulfilment of expectations. Baseline patient characteristics were recorded and health-related quality of life (EQ-5D) was measured at baseline and after rehabilitation. The number of patients with expectations unfulfilled or fulfilled or exceeded was computed by subtracting the admission and discharge CEQ Expectancy scores. Multivariable regression analysis was used to determine the factors associated with outcome expectations and their fulfilment, estimating odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Results: We included 165 patients (96 males [58.2%], mean (SD) age 60.2 years [12.7]) who completed the CEQ Expectancy instrument at admission (median score 21.6, interquartile range [IQR] 17.0–24.0); 79 completed it both at admission (median score 20.6, IQR 16.6–24.4) and follow-up (median score 20.0, IQR 16.4–22.8). For 40 (50.6%) patients, expectations of therapy were fulfilled or exceeded. No patient characteristic at admission was associated with baseline CEQ Expectancy score. Odds of expectation fulfilment were associated with low expectations at admission (OR 0.70, 95% CI 0.60–0.83) and improved EQ-5D score (OR 1.35, 95% CI 1.04–0.75). Conclusions: In half of the stroke patients in multidisciplinary rehabilitation, expectations were fulfilled or exceeded, most likely in patients with low expectations at admission and with improved health-related quality of life. More research into the role of health professionals regarding the measurement, shaping and management of outcome expectations is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2019


  • Expectations
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • “Health-related quality of life”
  • “Stroke rehabilitation”

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