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Perspectives of people with aphasia post stroke towards personal recovery and living successfully: a systematic review and thematic synthesis

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posted on 2023-03-02, 09:56 authored by Molly ManningMolly Manning, Anne MacFarlaneAnne MacFarlane, ANNE HICKEYANNE HICKEY, Sue Franklin
Background There is increased focus on supporting people with chronic conditions to live well via person- centred, integrated care. There is a growing body of qualitative literature examining the insider perspectives of people with post-stroke aphasia (PWA) on topics relating to personal recovery and living successfully (PR-LS). To date no synthesis has been conducted examining both internal and external, structural influences on living well. In this study, we aimed to advance theoretical understanding of how best to promote and support PR-LS by integrating the perspectives of PWA on a wide range of topics relating to PR-LS. This is essential for planning and delivering quality care. Methods and findings We conducted a systematic review, following PRISMA guidelines, and thematic synthesis. Following a search of 7 electronic databases, 31 articles were included and critically appraised using predetermined criteria. Inductive and iterative analysis generated 5 analytical themes about promoting PR-LS. Aphasia occurs in the context of a wider social network that provides valued support and social companionship and has its own need for formal support. PWA want to make a positive contribution to society. The participation of PWA is facilitated by enabling environments and opportunities. PWA benefit from access to a flexible, responsive, life-relevant range of services in the long-term post-stroke. Accessible information and collaborative interactions with aphasia-aware healthcare professionals empower PWA to take charge of their condition and to navigate the health system. Conclusion The findings highlight the need to consider wider attitudinal and structural influences on living well. PR-LS are promoted via responsive, long-term support for PWA, friends and family,and opportunities to participate autonomously and contribute to the community. Shortcomings in the quality of the existing evidence base must be addressed in future studies to ensure that PWA are meaningfully included in research and service development initiatives.

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Development of a structure identification methodology for nonlinear dynamic systems

National Research Foundation

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PLos ONe;14 (3): e014200

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Public Library of Science

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peer-reviewed

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English

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  • Allied Health
  • School of Medicine

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