Thoughts and experiences from returning to work after stroke

Vestling, Monika, Ramel, Eva and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) Thoughts and experiences from returning to work after stroke. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation, 45 2: 201-211. doi:10.3233/WOR-121554


Author Vestling, Monika
Ramel, Eva
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Thoughts and experiences from returning to work after stroke
Journal name Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1051-9815
1875-9270
Publication date 2013-06-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-121554
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 45
Issue 2
Start page 201
End page 211
Total pages 11
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher I O S Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: The aim of this study was to increase the understanding of stroke survivors' thoughts and experiences from returning to work after stroke.

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with twelve persons, based on a thematic interview guide. A qualitative content analysis was performed.

Results: The main theme; Striving for optimal function at work creates mixed feelings of appreciation and frustration, contained three categories: 1) Multiple arrangements and strategies are necessary for returning to work, 2) Work as an activity holds multiple subjective meanings that are important for the motivation to return to work, and 3) The return-to-work process generates many and mixed feelings.

Conclusions: The complexity of the process involving many different actors constitutes great challenges for the affected person in addition to general and medical problems. The stroke survivor should be encouraged to be an active participant during the return-to-work process. Our findings can be used for the development of a programme, including a personal mentor, to support the person striving for returning to work. For detailed planning of such a programme further research is needed.
Keyword Confidence
Future work situation
Lack of control
Meaning of work
Return to work process
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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