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After a stroke, women described changes that created a sense of bodily strangeness

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Q What are women’s experiences of their bodies after a stroke?


Giorgi’s phenomenology.


Hospitals and homes in rural eastern Norway.


25 women (age range 37–78 y) who had been admitted to hospital with a first stroke, were able to participate in indepth interviews, and had no other serious disorders. 20 women completed the study.


Women were interviewed 3 times: in hospital within 6 weeks of stroke, and at 6 months and 1 year after returning home. Conversational interviews that lasted about 1.5 hours focused on everyday life before stroke, thoughts and experiences related to the stroke event, experiences of bodily changes, experiences with healthcare professionals, and thoughts and wishes about the future. Interviews were …

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  • For correspondence: MsK Kvigne, Hedmark University College, Faculty of Social Work, 2418 Elverum, Norway.

  • Source of funding: no external funding.