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

Frances M. Yang, Solon T. Kao

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1903-1905
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • Activities of daily living
  • Caregivers
  • Health Services for Persons with Disabilities
  • Hospitalization
  • Human rights
  • Migrant workers
  • Multiple chronic health conditions
  • Patient discharge
  • Rehabilitation
  • Singapore
  • Stroke
  • Taiwan
  • Transients

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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