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Physical environments and community reintegration post-stroke: Qualitative insights from stroke clubs

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1013-1029
JournalDisability and Society
Volume31
Issue number8
Early online date19 Sep 2016
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Sep 2016

Abstract

This study investigated the environment’s role in community reintegration amongst persons with experience of stroke. Focus group discussions with 29 individuals recruited from community stroke clubs in Scotland revealed that stroke influenced a person’s perceptions, experience, use and enjoyment of the environment. Multiple specific (e.g. theatres, cafes) and more general (out-of-the-home) environments appeared capable of supporting community reintegration, providing settings in which individuals were able and willing to interact with others and participate in various functional, social and recreational activities. The article reflects on the study’s implications for policy and practice.

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