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Work after stroke: focusing on barriers and enablers

Work after stroke: focusing on barriers and enablers

Lock, Sarah, Jordan, Lesley, Bryan, Karen ORCID: 0000-0003-0742-1193 and Maxim, Jane (2005) Work after stroke: focusing on barriers and enablers. Disability and Society, 20 (1). pp. 33-47. ISSN 0968-7599 (Print), 1360-0508 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/0968759042000283629)

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Abstract

Previous research on work after stroke has used quantitative methods and a medical model approach to identify factors that influence return to work. This study uses an inclusive, qualitative methodology (focus groups) to begin to explore stroke survivors’ own perspectives about what helps and hinders paid or voluntary work after stroke. The research was conducted in partnership with Different Strokes, a British organisation of stroke survivors. Five focus group discussions were held with 37 stroke survivors and 12 of their supporters. Data was analysed using an adapted Framework approach to identify themes within and across individuals and groups. Factors representing barriers to or enablers of work were identified in four key themes: rehabilitation process, employer agency, social structural and personal. The study found evidence of social oppression via infrastructure, institutional structures and practices, and some individuals’ attitudes. Alongside this, some supportive individuals, practices and strategies were identified.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: stroke, stroke survivors, work after stroke; social oppression
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Vice-Chancellor's Group
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2018 20:25
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/18614

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