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Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Quality of Life (QoL)

Clinical PI Dr Jimmy LEE Chee Keong
Psychiatrist & Senior Consultant / Chief North Region, Institute of Mental Health Assistant Professor, Lee Kong Chian Schoo​l of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University
Technical PI Prof Andy HO Hau Yan
Assistant Professor Psychology, Social Sciences & Lee Kong Chain, Nanyang Technological University​
Globally, cerebrovascular accidents (i.e. stroke) have been identified as the second leading cause of death and the third leading cause of disability1. Every two seconds, someone is suffering from a stroke in the world2; and about every hour, someone is having a stroke in Singapore. A total of 62,289 episodes of stroke have occurred among Singapore residents aged 15 years and above during the period between 2005 and 2015. In 2016, 7,413 stroke cases were admitted to hospital, or 20 cases per day. Of the reported stroke cases, 81.1% of the stroke cases were ischaemic stroke (IS) while 18.7% were haemorrhagic stroke (HS), where 58.2% were men with a mean age of 65.4 years old, and 41.8% were women with a mean age of 72.1 years old. 

The number of stroke episodes has increased from 2007 through 2016 for both genders. Though stroke incidence typically increases with age, there is a general increase in incidence rate among individuals aged between 35 and 54 years. In terms of ethnic differences, Malays have the highest incidence rate of stroke as compared to Chinese and Indians, with the highest increase in stroke episodes (nearly 1.5-fold) from 2007 to 20163. Stroke is a debilitating disease, whereby patients typically suffer from some form of post-stroke disability, compromising their psycho-socio-emotional wellbeing, quality of life (QOL), as well as those of their family caregivers. With Singapore’s rapidly ageing population, coupled with the increased prevalence of stroke among Singapore residents, the burden of disease is expected to increase dramatically in the years to come, posing challenges to all stakeholders involved.

Research Aims And Objectives

  • To identify the psycho-socio-emotional-spiritual needs of a representative sample of first-time stroke patients and their family caregivers through a series of quantitative assessments;
  • To explore the lived experience of a nest sample of first-time stroke patients and their family caregivers through a series of meaning-oriented interviews; and
  • To establish a holistic framework for understanding the Singaporean trajectory of stroke rehabilitation and recovery.​​


The Healthcare Worker’s Journey Of Care And Recovery: A Qualitative Study On The Lived Experience Of Supporting Stroke Patients​ In S​ingapore’s Rehabilitation Unit ​
Research Programmes Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Quality of Life (QoL)​ / RRG3-19004-CG002
​Clinical PI: Audrey WONG Yoke​ Poh​​​​
Advanced Practice Nurse, Tan Tock Seng Hospital
​​Technical PI:​ ​​Asst Prof Michelle CHIANG Hui Ling​
Assistant Professor, School of Humanities,
Nanyang Technological University

The Quality Of Life, Lived Experiences And Unmet Needs After Stroke​
Research Programmes Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Quality of Life (QoL) / RFP-19001
P​roject PI
Research Fellow, Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore 

ACRES: An Autism Cognitive Rehabilitation Programme for Executive Functioning Skills
​Research Programmes ​Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Quality of Life (QoL) / RRG1-16002
Clinical PI Dr Goh Tze Jui
Principal Clinical Psychologist, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Institute of Mental Health
Technical PI A/Prof Cai Yiyu
Associate Professor, School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Deputy Director, Centre for Augmented and Virtual Reality
Nanyang Technological University

Evaluating the Clinical Utility of Speech and Motor Characteristics in Psychiatry
​Research Programmes ​Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Quality of Life (QoL) / RRG2-16009
Clinical PI: Dr Jimmy Lee
Senior Consultant / Chief , Dept of Psychosis / North Region, Institute of Mental Health
Technical PI: A/Prof Justin Dauwels
Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Nanyang Technological University

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