Hemmet, en säker zon: en litteraturbaserad studie om yngre patienters upplevelse av livet efter en stroke
Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Home, the safe zone : a literature-based study of young adults' experience of daily life after a stroke (English)
Background: The 2014 yearly report from The Public Health Agency of Sweden determine that the mortality and illness of stroke has decreased, but first-time onset in the young and middle-aged have increased. Stroke onset can result in big changes in daily life, especially for young people of working age whose life situation looks a bit different from "the typical stroke-patient" of retirement age.
Aim: The aim of this study was to describe young adults' experience of daily life after a stroke
Method: A qualitative literature-based method was used to determine young adult's experience of daily life after a stroke. Ten articles were found and analyzed by a five-step method explained by Friberg (2012).
Results: Three major themes were identified: Loss of social interaction, Sense of being unable to rely on their own body and To feel the loss, but still have hope. The patients tend to isolate themselves in their homes due to tiredness, loss of self-confidence, disabilities and feelings of being misunderstood by their social environment. Their home was a safe zone where they could protect themselves from difficult situations. They also experienced a change of roles in their family and in their working life, which resulted in that they felt as a burden. Many felt a loss of status and identity and at the same time, they could not rely on their bodies anymore.
Conclusion: Young adults who have suffered a stroke struggle to get back to "normal" social life. They feel afraid of not being good enough and of being judge by others preconceptions. People in their social environment fail to see these patients, their difficulties and needs. Even care professionals struggle to face their needs and tend to generalize these patients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 17 p.
daily life, stroke, young adult
vardagsliv, dagligt liv, stroke, unga vuxna
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-9317Local ID: EXO502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-9317DiVA: diva2:921913
Subject / course
Jansson Fagring, Annika