Young adults’ experience of stroke: a qualitative review of the literature

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Stroke is a life-threatening event that has a devastating impact on young adults and their families. The author conducted a systematic review of the qualitative literature to explore the experience of stroke from the perspective of young adults. Four primary research 'papers' were analyzed using the Qualitative Assessment and Review Instrument; 60 findings were extracted from the papers and merged into 13 categories, from which three synthesized findings were developed - disorientation, disrupted sense of self, and roles and relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


  • qualitative systematic review
  • stroke
  • meta synthesis
  • young adults


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