Older women and younger men have poorer health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after stroke, mainly due to stroke severity but also due to comorbidities and social factors.
Why this matters
It has been reported that women experience poorer HRQoL after stroke than men, but the contribution of differences in clinical care between men and women on women’s poorer HRQoL is unclear.
As women without stroke also report poorer health status than men, it is uncertain if the reported sex difference in HRQoL in women who have suffered a stroke is due to stroke or other differences between sexes.
This study identified patient factors contributing to sex differences in quality of life after stroke.