Work after stroke: focusing on barriers and enablers

LOCK, Sarah, JORDAN, Lesley, BRYAN, Karen and MAXIM, Jane (2005). Work after stroke: focusing on barriers and enablers. Disability and Society, 20 (1), 33-47.

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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
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
Identification Number: 10.1080/0968759042000283629
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2013 14:19
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2013 14:19

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