Stroke survivors' perspectives on recovering in rural and remote Australia: a systematic mixed studies review

Jackson, Sarah M., Neibling, Bridee A., and Barker, Ruth N. (2022) Stroke survivors' perspectives on recovering in rural and remote Australia: a systematic mixed studies review. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 69 (2). pp. 214-230.

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Introduction: Stroke survivors recovering in rural and remote locations often have little or no access to rehabilitation services. The purpose of this study was to review the literature on recovering in rural and remote Australia, from the perspective of stroke survivors. Use of technology to support recovery was also explored.

Methods: A systematic mixed studies review was conducted and reported according to the ENTREQ and PRISMA statements. MEDLINE (Ovid), CINAHL (EBSCOhost), Scopus, PsycINFO (ProQuest), Cochrane Library and Google Scholar were searched from inception to May 2021 for studies investigating stroke survivors' perspectives on recovering in rural or remote Australia. Qualitative, quantitative or mixed methods studies were included. Methodological quality was assessed using the Mixed Methods Appraisal Tool. Studies were not excluded or weighted according to methodological quality. To review the perspectives of stroke survivors on recovering, findings of included studies were mapped to the Living My Life framework and integrated using a convergent qualitative synthesis. The review protocol was registered on PROSPERO (CRD42017064990).

Results: Eight studies met the inclusion criteria: six qualitative, one quantitative and one mixed methods. Methodological quality of the small number of studies ranged from low to high, indicating further high-quality research is needed. Included studies involved 152 stroke survivors in total. Review findings indicated that recovering was driven by working towards what mattered to stroke survivors, in ways that matched their beliefs and preferences and that worked for them in their world, including use of technology.

Conclusion: Stroke survivors recovering in rural and remote locations want to live their life by doing what matters to them, despite the challenges they face. They want support in ways that work for them in their environment. Further research is required to tailor support for stroke survivors that is specific to their life in rural and remote locations.

Item ID: 71480
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-1630
Keywords: assistive technology, client-centred practice, rehabilitation services, rural and remote health, stroke
Copyright Information: © Occupational Therapy Australia
Date Deposited: 02 Feb 2022 21:59
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420109 Rehabilitation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200508 Rural and remote area health @ 100%
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