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The Continuum of Connectedness and Social Isolation During Post Stroke Recovery

Haun J, Rittman MR. The Continuum of Connectedness and Social Isolation During Post Stroke Recovery. Journal of Aging Studies. 2008 Jan 10; 22(1):54-64.

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During stroke recovery, individuals experience changes related to connectedness with others or becoming isolated from others. These experiences are an important part of the psychosocial dimensions of their health. A continuum of the major characteristics of connectedness and social isolation with others was developed from the data. Changes in connectedness for veterans post stroke were examined across 12 months following discharge home using the continuum of characteristics of connectedness and social isolation. Post-stroke, many participants were at risk of experiencing isolation. However, as a part of the recovery trajectory, many participants were able to adjust and ultimately increase their level of connectedness to others. Whether favorably or adversely, variables related to connectedness and isolation influenced the experience of participants throughout the recovery trajectory. Results suggest nearly half of stroke survivors experienced isolation post stroke; these findings are supported through participant narratives. Implications for clinical practice are discussed.

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