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The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: A qualitative study in Northeast England

Yang, Keming and Armstrong, Nicole and Diamond, Clare and Lane, Alison R. and Dunne, Stephen (2021) 'The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: A qualitative study in Northeast England.', Journal of health psychology. .

Abstract

This study explored stroke survivors’ experiences of loneliness. Drawing on interviews with 29 community dwelling stroke survivors living in the Northeast of England, we found several themes: loneliness as being alone, the season or time, lack of understanding from those without any experience of stroke, reduced autonomy, and deterioration of social relations. It is important that healthcare professionals pay attention to the aspects of life that may increase the chances of a stroke survivor becoming lonely after being discharged from hospital, and to measure loneliness in stroke survivors a more valid scale should include items that touch on the aspects reported here.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1177%2F13591053211017198
Publisher statement:This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/) which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Date accepted:15 April 2021
Date deposited:25 June 2021
Date of first online publication:12 November 2021
Date first made open access:25 June 2021

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