Coping and adaptation at six months after stroke: experiences with eating disabilities

Perry, Lin and McLaren, Susan (2003) Coping and adaptation at six months after stroke: experiences with eating disabilities. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 40(2), pp. 185-195. ISSN (print) 0020-7489

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Stroke produces a range of enduring impairments and survivors' coping and adaptation styles are influential features of life after stroke. Many stroke-sequelae affect ability to eat but survivors' perceptions and responses to these have not been explored.Methods. Survivors of a cohort of patients admitted to hospital with acute stroke March 1998-April 1999 participated in semi-structured interviews in their homes at 6 months post-stroke. Interviews were tape recorded and transcribed; 113 interviews with eating-disabled subjects were entered onto QSR NUD*IST 4 for thematic analysis.Findings. Two major emergent themes of 'getting back to normal' and 'getting by' were revealed which encompassed a range of responses in relation to food and eating. A high level of congruence was demonstrated with pre-existent frameworks but with some unique features. Reportage demonstrated non-linear and inconsistent effects of impairments within patients' lives and the importance of this topic for survivors and healthcare professionals was clear.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: stroke, chronic disease, eating difficulties, disability, patients' views, qualitative study, nutritional-status, chronic illness, geriatric care, follow-up, rehabilitation, malnutrition, framework, age
Research Area: Nursing and midwifery
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences (until 2013)
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Depositing User: Lucinda Lyon
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2009 13:03
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2010 13:54

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