Understanding the experiences of Carers of stroke survivors in UK
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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This qualitative study explored the experiences of informal carers of stroke survivors in the UK, with the aim of gaining deeper understanding about their lived experiences and also how they got the skills that they needed to cope. The study provides insight into the fears, doubts, physical, psychological and emotional challenges that carers of stroke survivors go through, especially during the early post discharge period. Five participants, comprising of one man and four women caring for stroke survivors were interviewed using semi-structured interviews to investigate their lived experiences as they provide care and support. The data collected from the interviews were analysed using thematic analysis, and it shows that there is lack of professional information for the caregivers which exacerbated their worries, fear and anxiety. Despite the challenges, the carers learnt some skills and developed strategies like self-efficacy and sense of duty, to deal with the situation. It was discovered that faith and religion played some role in some of the participant’s ability to cope. The author’s findings demonstrate that there is need for carers to be supported so that they can stay healthy. This is necessary considering the fact that the role of informal carers saves billions of pounds for the economy.
BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care
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