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Open Access Striking a balance: The critical importance of sense-making and values-congruent partnerships between general practitioners and patients following stroke

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Objective: People with a recent experience of stroke commonly rely on general practice for assistance to manage everyday consequences and associated disability. In this study, we were interested in qualitatively exploring how the relationship between these people and their general practitioners assisted daily self-management.

Methods: One hundred twenty-six participants were involved in five in-depth interviews over an 18-month period after discharge from an acute care setting. Data were thematically analyzed by two independent researchers.

Results: Three themes comprehensively accounted for the expectations participants had about their interactions with general practitioners. They were (1) the critical sense-making role of general practitioners, (2) the requirement for collaborative partnerships in which personhood was validated, and (3) the importance of confirming self-management actions.

Conclusion: To comprehensively assist people to adjust to living with the residual consequences of a recent stroke, general practitioners need to engage in collaborative, person-centered interactions.

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Keywords: Person-centered care; cerebrovascular; general practice; partnership; recovery; self-management

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 December 2015

This article was made available online on 14 October 2015 as a Fast Track article with title: "Striking a balance: the critical importance of sense-making and values- congruent partnerships between GPs and patients following stroke".

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  • Family Medicine and Community Health (FMCH) is an open-access journal focusing on subjects that are common and relevant to family medicine/general practice and community health. The journal publishes relevant content across disciplines such as epidemiology, public health, social and preventive medicine, research and evidence based medicine, community health service, patient education and health promotion and health ethics. The journal has a specific focus on the management of chronic illness particularly diabetes, ischaemic heart disease, chronic heart failure, hypertension, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive airways disease and common mental illness. FMCH is published by Compuscript on behalf of the Chinese General Practice Press

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