The meaning of loneliness to stroke survivors: A qualitative study in Northeast England

Keming Yang*, Nicole Armstrong, Clare Diamond, Alison R Lane, Stephen Dunne

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Abstract

This study explored stroke survivors' experiences of loneliness. Drawing on interviews with 29 community-dwelling stroke survivors living in the Northeast of England, we found several themes: loneliness as being alone, the season or time, lack of understanding from those without any experience of stroke, reduced autonomy, and deterioration of social relations. It is important that healthcare professionals pay attention to the aspects of life that may increase the chances of a stroke survivor becoming lonely after being discharged from hospital, and to measure loneliness in stroke survivors a more valid scale should include items that touch on the aspects reported here.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13591053211017198
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Early online date12 Nov 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Nov 2021

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