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The purpose of this case report is to determine how a change in intrinsic motivation and environmental factors help physical and functional improvements in a 77-year-old male patient with Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) in the geriatric population. Interventions to promote this change included patient education about lifestyle choices along with endurance and balance exercises.

Patient psychological state, community access, and general education about interventions/dosing had an effect on the patient's participation in his prescribed HEP. His comorbidities hindered his overall progress over the course of his treatment and should be addressed to improve patient outcomes. Activities that were more salient and stimulating to the patient, such as a swimming class or participating in a social event were reported to be more likely to be completed. These types of activities may address the patient’s GBS and associated comorbidities.

Publication Date

Summer 2019


San Marcos, CA


Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS); Geriatrics; Life Style, Motivation; Patient Compliance; Psychosocial Support; Comorbidity; Case Study


Neurology | Physical Therapy | Psychological Phenomena and Processes


Presented at the Summer 2019 Research Day on the San Marcos, CA, campus of the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences.

Case Study: Effects of Psychosocial Factors on a Geriatric Patient with Guillain Barré Syndrome