Commentary| Volume 98, ISSUE 9, P1903-1905, September 2017

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Commentary on “Rehabilitation Outcomes Associated With Foreign Domestic Workers as Caregivers”


      The purpose of this commentary is to illuminate the role of foreign domestic workers (FDW) as caregivers for patients undergoing rehabilitation in Asia. The authors of a published study in this issue of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation investigate the association between the characteristics of caregivers for patients recovering from sub-acute stroke and the rehabilitation outcomes of those patients in Singapore. The investigators examined over 4,000 caregivers and one of the findings showed that after controlling for characteristics of both caregivers and patients, there was a significant and negative association between having an FDW as a caregiver, compared to a spouse, and patient rehabilitation effectiveness. The inclusion of FDW’s in this study is an important and understudied group of caregivers in the role of patient rehabilitation that is relatively new to the US, but common in other parts of the world.


      List of abbreviations:

      ADL (activities of daily living), FDW (foreign domestic worker)
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