Stroke is the third most common cause of death in Australia. Over 50% of stroke survivors have persisting disabilities that leave them partially or totally dependent on others to assist them with their basic day to day activities. To date there has been extensive research conducted on physical outcomes, diagnostic procedures and treatments in stroke recovery that has primarily focused on older stroke survivors. However, there is limited information available exploring the experiences of the younger stroke survivor. The aim of this study was to extend beyond the focus on the purely functional capacity of the stroke survivor and include a consideration of their emotional and social needs during recovery. Data was collected via individual interviews with 11 younger stroke survivors that experienced difficulties in accessing worthwhile and meaningful stroke recovery programs that catered specifically for their needs. The results highlighted the need for review of current rehabilitation processes to include a focus on the needs of younger people.
|Keywords:||Stroke, Recovery, Resilience|
Ph.D Student, Department of Psychology, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Senior Lecturer, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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