Corelation of the Capacity of Bodily Functions and Family Support with the Depression in Post Stroke Patients
Solihuddin Harahap, Zainuddin Harahap, Dina Yusdiana D

Background: Stroke is an illness which is caused by the lack of blood supply to brain so that it causes various nerve function disorders. The capacity of body function such as motoric, sensoric, luhur, balance, other brain nerves, and sight will decrease as the result of weakness and defects. The effect of weakness and defects can cause psychological disorder like depression. One of the attempts to decrease the incidence of depression is family support, such as emotional support, reward, informational support, and instrumental support. The research was a quantitative study with cross sectional design. It was conducted at Stroke Polyclinic of Dr. Pirngadi Regional General Hospital, Medan, from October to November, 2014. The population was stroke patients, and 77 of them were used as the samples. The data were analyzed by using univatriate analysis and bivatriate analysis with Spearman rank statistic test. Results: The result of the research showed there was insignificant correlation between the capacity of body function and depression at p-value = 0,00 and correlation coefficient r = 0,32 toward positive correlation which indicated that the value of the capacity of body function was low when there was depression. Conclusion: The correlation between family support and depression was moderate at p-value = 0,00 and correlation coefficient r = -0,41 toward negative correlation which indicated that family support was low when the incidence of depression was high. Recommendations: It is recommended that nurses identification motoric ability for giving information to patients’ families to give motivation to the stroke patients so that there will be no depression.

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