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Lifeworld perspectives on assistive devices: lived experiences of spouses of persons with stroke.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 159-169Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to explore how spouses of persons with a disability following stroke describe their lived experiences regarding assistive devices in everyday life. A phenomenological lifeworld approach was used and conversational interviews were conducted with 12 spouses. Their lived experiences of assistive devices were explored in relation to four lifeworld existentials intertwined in everyday life. The results showed that lived body concerns aspects of feelings, habits, and incorporation of the devices with one's own body. The devices are, from the spouses' perspective, a prerequisite for their partner with stroke living at home. Successively the devices are incorporated into the couples' homes, and they provide a new view of the environment, aspects related to lived space. The devices bring about a changed relation to lived time, related to past, present, and future. Further, lived human relation concerns changed relationships to husbands/wives with stroke, including a great responsibility due to the devices and their usage. The results also included stigmatizing aspects and a twofold relationship to health professionals regarding participation in decisions about prescribing assistive devices. Understanding the unique meaning of assistive devices from the spouses' perspective is vital for occupational therapists prescribing such devices.

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2005. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 159-169
Keywords [en]
Adult, Aged, Aged; 80 and over, Cerebrovascular Accident/*psychology, Disabled Persons/psychology, Female, Humans, Interviews, Life Change Events, Male, Middle Aged, Self-Help Devices/*psychology, Spouses/*psychology, Sweden
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-3666PubMedID: 16457089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-3666DiVA, id: diva2:34486
Available from: 2007-10-10 Created: 2007-10-10 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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