“I’ve got somebody there, someone cares”: what support is most valued following a stroke?

Northcott, Sarah and Hilari, Katerina (2018) “I’ve got somebody there, someone cares”: what support is most valued following a stroke? Disability and Rehabilitation, 40 (20). pp. 2439-2448. ISSN 0963-8288

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Purpose: There is often a need for increased support following a stroke. This study explored what types of support are provided by different network members and what support functions are most valued. Methods: Adults with first stroke were recruited from a stroke unit and participated in in-depth interviews 8–15 months poststroke. Framework Analysis was used to build thematic and explanatory accounts of the data. Results: Twenty-nine participants took part. Main themes to emerge were as follows: the spouse was the most important provider of support; children were a relatively stable source of support, although many participants expressed reservations about worrying a child; relatives and friends typically provided social companionship and emotional support rather than on-going practical support. The only universally valued support function was the sense that someone was concerned and cared. Other valued functions were as follows: social companionship including everyday social “chit chat”; practical support provided sensitively; and, for many, sharing worries and sensitive encouragement. The manner and context in which support was provided was important: support was easiest to receive when it communicated concern, and was part of a reciprocal, caring relationship. Conclusions: As well as measuring supportive acts, researchers and clinicians should consider the manner and context of support.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 01:31
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 05:58
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/74623
DOI: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1337242

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