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    Stroke in young women: An interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Leahy, Dorothy Maria and Desmond, Deirdre and Coughlan, Tara and O'Neill, Des and Collins, Ronan (2014) Stroke in young women: An interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (5). pp. 669-678. ISSN 1359-1053

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    Stroke among adults of working age is increasing. We aimed to explore the experience of stroke among young women in Ireland. In total, 12 women (aged between 18 and 50 years) participated in semi-structured interviews. Data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Four super-ordinate themes were identified: stroke as an illness of later life (‘obviously it’s for older people’), post-stroke selves, a desire for peer support and the impact of stroke on relationships. Findings indicate the importance of addressing the specific needs of younger stroke patients from admission to recovery through provision of inclusive all-age acute stroke services with tailored rehabilitation.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: interpretative phenomenological analysis; meaning; patient satisfaction; qualitative methods; women’s health;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 9114
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    Depositing User: Dr. Deirdre Desmond
    Date Deposited: 04 Jan 2018 16:17
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Health Psychology
    Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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