Experiences of venue based exercise interventions for people with stroke in the UK: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research

YOUNG, Rachel, BROOM, David, SAGE, Karen, CROSSLAND, Kay and SMITH, Christine (2021). Experiences of venue based exercise interventions for people with stroke in the UK: a systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative research. Physiotherapy, 110, 5-14.

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Background The physical benefits of exercise following stroke are research evidenced and the UK stroke population is increasingly encouraged to engage with exercise interventions. A synthesis of qualitative research is required to further understand the perceived experience and psychosocial effect of exercise for people with stroke. Objectives To provide a systematic search and synthesis of evidence about the experiences and reported impact of participation in venue based exercise following stroke in the UK. Data sources Eligible studies were identified through a rigorous search of Medline, Cinahl, AMED, PsycINFO, SportDiscus, Proquest and ETHOS from January 2000 until December 2017. Study eligibility criteria Full text qualitative studies or service evaluations conducted in the UK which explored the reported experience of venue based exercise amongst people with stroke. Study synthesis and appraisal Included studies were evaluated through application of the Consolidated Criteria for Reporting Qualitative Research. Data synthesis using a thematic approach generated descriptive and analytical themes. Results Six research studies and one service evaluation met the inclusion criteria; methodological quality was variable. These studies highlighted that people with stroke gain confidence and renewed identity through exercise participation. Perceived improvements in physical function were reported and participants enjoyed stroke specific exercise programmes in de-medicalised venues. Limitations The studies only accessed people who had completed the exercise programmes; non-completers were not represented. Conclusion Venue based exercise programmes have a positive effect on perceived wellbeing following stroke. Further research into the reasons for discontinuation of exercise participation following stroke is required.

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Additional Information: ** Article version: AM ** Embargo end date: 31-12-9999 ** From Elsevier via Jisc Publications Router ** Licence for AM version of this article: This article is under embargo with an end date yet to be finalised. **Journal IDs: issn 00319406 **History: issue date 14-06-2019
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physio.2019.06.001
Page Range: 5-14
SWORD Depositor: Louise Beirne
Depositing User: Louise Beirne
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2019 09:32
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2021 14:45
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/24727

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