Recovering is about living my life, as it evolves: perspectives of stroke survivors in remote northwest Queensland

Jackson, Sarah M., Solomon, S.D., and Barker, R. N. (2022) Recovering is about living my life, as it evolves: perspectives of stroke survivors in remote northwest Queensland. Disability and Rehabilitation. (In Press)

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Abstract

Purpose: Recovering from stroke in remote Australia has rarely been considered, even though rehabilitation services are generally scarce. The primary purpose of this study was to explore stroke recovery, from the perspective of stroke survivors in remote northwest Queensland (NWQ), to explicate the lens through which they view recovering. The secondary purpose was to explore the role of technology to support stroke survivors in remote locations along their recovery journey.

Methods: A qualitative study was undertaken using elements of constructivist grounded theory for data collection and analysis. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with fifteen stroke survivors and two partners living, working or travelling in remote NWQ.

Results: From the participants’ perspective, recovering in a remote area after stroke is about living my life, as it evolves by endeavouring to recover my way and navigating my recovery in my world. Technology was only considered helpful when it supported participants to recover their way in their world.

Conclusion: Recovering from stroke from the perspective of stroke survivors in remote NWQ is about living their life, as they want it to be, and as it unfolds within their own context. Technology only has a place when it can support them to recover their way in their world. These findings reinforce the importance of health professionals listening, learning about, and enabling stroke survivors along their recovery journey, within their remote context and support network.

Item ID: 70755
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5165
Keywords: Australia, qualitative, recovery, rural and remote, stroke, technology
Copyright Information: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Funders: Australian Government
Projects and Grants: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP)
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 22:49
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420109 Rehabilitation @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420321 Rural and remote health services @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200301 Allied health therapies (excl. mental health services) @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health @ 50%
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