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Return to work and wellbeing after stroke - a success story?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation (IJTR), ISSN 1354-8581, Vol. 19, no 8, 431-438 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Persons still in the labour force some years after a stroke generally have overcome a great range of difficulties. This study builds on the assumption that return to work and wellbeing are strongly related. Aim: To explore long-term wellbeing among individuals who have returned to work after a stroke. Method: Interviews with ten members of a stroke association aged 39-56 were recorded and transcribed. An overall picture of these responses is presented along with one illustrative case. Results: In spite of having recovered reasonably well from the stroke, several of the interviewees were struggling to stay in the labour market. An important finding was that even many years post-stroke, working life was fragile and the future uncertain for several respondents. Also, contingent on the risk of losing services-for example disability transport-there was the fear of losing independence. Conclusions: This mainly exploratory study has turned up some interesting research ideas that need to be elaborated on in future studies.

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London, 2012. Vol. 19, no 8, 431-438 p.
Keyword [en]
stroke, work, wellbeing, rehabilitation, sense of coherence, reorientation, vulnerability
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Social Sciences
Research subject
Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-83078OAI: diva2:573931
Available from: 2012-12-03 Created: 2012-12-03 Last updated: 2013-01-10Bibliographically approved

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