Journal article

The personal and social experiences of community-dwelling younger adults after stroke in Australia: a qualitative interview study

Jessica Shipley, Julie Luker, Vincent Thijs, Julie Bernhardt

BMJ OPEN | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2018

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To examine the personal and social experiences of younger adults after stroke. DESIGN: Qualitative study design involving in-depth semi-structured interviews and rigorous qualitative descriptive analysis informed by social constructionism. PARTICIPANTS: Nineteen younger stroke survivors aged 18 to 55 years at the time of their first-ever stroke. SETTING: Participants were recruited from urban and rural settings across Australia. Interviews took place in a clinic room of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health (Melbourne, Australia), over an online conference platform or by telephone. RESULTS: Four main themes emerged from the discourses: (1) psycho-emotional experi..

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