Different folks, different strokes : becoming and being a stroke family
Fischer, Renée; Roy, Dianne; Niven, Elizabeth
Citation:Fischer, R., Roy, D. E., and Niven, E. (2014). Different folks, different strokes: Becoming and being a stroke family. Kai Tiaki Nursing Research, 5(1), pp.5-11. NOTE: AVAILABLE FROM LINK BELOW.
Permanent link to Research Bank record:http://hdl.handle.net/10652/3136
This paper reports on a study that explored family experiences of stroke during the first six months after the stroke occurred. Stroke affects the whole family yet there is limited literature that reports family experience beyond that of the primary caregiver. In this hermeneutic phenomenological study, four participants from two Auckland families were interviewed in 2011 and 2012, at three time intervals within the first six months post-stroke. Thematic analysis revealed the experience of both families varied, in the effects from the stroke event and the challenges each family faced. An over-arching theme of “different folks: different strokes” was identified, with three sub-themes: losing a life once lived, navigating an unfamiliar path and creating a sense of normal. The journey to becoming and being a stroke family was complicated and brought different losses and challenges to the two families. Communication and interactions with the health-care team greatly influenced each family’s journey into post-stroke life.