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Nancy D. Doolittle

In: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

Chapter 11: A Clinical Ethnography of Stroke Recovery

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A Clinical Ethnography of Stroke Recovery
A clinical ethnography of stroke recovery
Nancy D.Doolittle

In the United States alone more than 2 million people are living with neurologic impairment secondary to stroke. However, the personal struggle of stroke survival and recovery is much more compelling than this dramatic number. Most biomedical research on stroke recovery has as its focus the return of physical functioning and independence in self-care. The perspective presented here is that living with lacunar stroke goes far beyond living with physical impairment, and that recovery involves much more than attaining functional independence. It is more than the return of limb movement and strength. Although clinicians mark recovery in terms of functional ability and movement, people who have had a stroke measure recovery in terms ...

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