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Volume 41 Number 3a, May/June 2004
Pages 259 — 268


Abstract - The experience of time in the transition from hospital to home following stroke
Maude Rittman, PhD, RN; Christopher Faircloth, PhD; Craig Boylstein, PhD; Jaber F. Gubrium, PhD;
Christine Williams, DNSc; Marieke Van Puymbroeck, MS; Charles Ellis, MA
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Rehabilitation Outcomes Research Center, Gainesville, FL; University of Florida
Colleges of Nursing, Gainesville, FL; Department of Sociology, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; Miami VA Medical Center Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center, Miami, FL; University of Miami School of
Nursing, Miami, FL
Abstract — This paper reports findings related to the transition from hospital to home during the first month after discharge following acute stroke. Qualitative data were obtained from in-depth, semistructured interviews with 51 male stroke survivors and their caregivers. Data were analyzed with the N6 software application, designed to assist with qualitative data analysis. Stroke survivors described experiences related to changes in the temporal order of life, disruptions in sense of self, and strategies used to manage time. Findings indicate that changes in the temporal order of life are related to functional impairments and disruption in the taken-for-granted body. At 1 month post-discharge, survivors are struggling with establishing routines in their day and coping with an increased amount of idle time. In conclusion, strategies for managing increased idle time are "passing time," "waiting on time," and "killing time."
Key words: cerebrovascular accidents, recovery of function, rehabilitation, self-care, self-concept, time management.

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