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Understanding 'who you are' and what is important to you in stroke rehabilitation


The aim of this study is to explore how health professionals get to know their patients and what is important to them during stroke rehabilitation, from the perspective of stroke survivors and their family/whānau.


This study is for adults (over 18) who experienced a stroke within the past year and participated in an inpatient rehabilitation program in New Zealand.

It is also for family/whānau members (over 18 years of age) of stroke survivors who have experienced a stroke within the past year and were actively involved in that survivor’s inpatient rehabilitation (e.g., participated in meetings, care planning, or
communication with health professionals). Participants need to be able to talk about their experience in English in an interview and are welcome to have a support person or communication partner present.


Participants will be asked to take part in one interview that could take up to one hour and will be arranged at a time that is convenient for them.
Before the interview, participants will be asked to complete a brief online questionnaire and watch a short video that introduces the study and provides the interview questions to think about ahead of time.


The interview will take place via Zoom videoconferencing. Participants who live in Christchurch may choose to do the interview in-person.


Catherine Vingerhoets, University of Otago -
021 279 0249

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