An exploration of lifestyle beliefs and lifestyle behaviour following stroke: findings from a focus group study of patients and family members

Maggie Lawrence, Susan M. Kerr, Hazel E. Watson, Gillian Paton, Graham Ellis

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Stroke is a major cause of disability and family disruption and carries a high risk of recurrence. Lifestyle factors that increase the risk of recurrence include smoking, unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol consumption and physical inactivity. Guidelines recommend that secondary prevention interventions, which include the active provision of lifestyle information, should be initiated in hospital, and continued by community-based healthcare professionals (HCPs) following discharge. However, stroke patients report receiving little/no lifestyle information. There is a limited evidence-base to guide the development and delivery of effective secondary prevention lifestyle interventions in the stroke field. This study, which was underpinned by the Theory of Planned Behaviour, sought to explore the beliefs and perceptions of patients and family members regarding the provision of lifestyle information following stroke.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-107
Number of pages11
Journal Family Practice
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010



  • behaviour change
  • focus groups
  • stroke
  • lifestyle risk factors
  • theory of planned behaviour
  • secondary prevention of stroke

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