Ellis-Hill, C., Payne , S. and Ward, C., 2000. Self-body split: issues of identity in physical recovery following a stroke. Disability and Rehabilitation, 22 (16), pp. 725-733.
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Purpose : To explore the perceived life and identity changes described by individuals following a single stroke using a life narrative approach. Method: Individuals admitted to hospital with a stroke, no previous disability, returning home; took part in life narrative interviews in hospital, and six months and one year postdischarge. The Gross Motor subscale of the Rivermead Motor Assessment and Nottingham 10 point Activities of Daily Living Scale were completed. Results : Eight stroke respondents (® ve male, three female; mean age 67 years (range 56± 82). The one year mean motor score was 9 (range 7± 11) and self-care score was 9 (range 7± 10). All respondents described a fundamental change in their lives and identity. The main issue was a split between themselves and their body. In hospital their body appeared to become separate, precarious and perplexing. By one year the majority still found their body unreliable, and their physical ability in¯ uenced by the social setting. Conclusion : The new experience of a split between self and body appears to be the focus of life for at least a year. This study suggests that rehabilitation professionals should consider longer-term (although not necessarily intensive) physical activity programmes that address these psychological as well as neuromuscular changes.
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||stroke, identity, rehabilitation|
Technology > Medicine and Health
|Group:||School of Health and Social Care > Centre for Qualitative Research|
|Deposited By:||Dr Caroline Ellis-Hill|
|Deposited On:||23 Mar 2010 19:50|
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