Self-management from the perspective of people with stroke – An interview study

Erika Klockar*, Maya Kylén, Catharina Gustavsson, Tracy Finch, Fiona Jones, Marie Elf

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Objective: Self-management support can improve quality of life, mood, self-efficacy, and physical function following a stroke. Knowledge of how people with stroke understand and experience self-management in different contexts is crucial to developing effective self-management support. This study explored how people with stroke understand and practice self-management during the post-acute phase. Method: A descriptive study using qualitative content analysis to explore data from semistructured interviews Results: Eighteen participants were interviewed. Most participants interpreted self-management as ‘taking care of their business’ and ‘being independent”. However, they encountered difficulties performing daily activities, for which they felt unprepared. Although interest in implementing self-management support increases, participants did not report receiving specific advice from healthcare professionals. Conclusion: People continue to feel unprepared to manage everyday activities after hospital discharge and must largely work things out for themselves. There is an overlooked opportunity to start the process of self-management support earlier in the stroke pathway, with healthcare professionals and people with stroke combining their skills, ideas and expertise. This would enable confidence to self-management to flourish rather than decrease during the transition from hospital to home. Practical implications: Individual tailored self-management support could help people with stroke more successfully manage their daily lives post-stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107740
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalPatient Education and Counseling
Early online date5 Apr 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

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