Exploring stroke patients' needs after discharge from rehabilitation centres: meta-ethnography

Basema Temehy*, Sheeba Rosewilliam, George Alvey, Andrew Soundy

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Healthcare providers must consider stroke survivors needs in order to enable a good quality of life after stroke. This review aimed to investigate the perceived needs of the stroke survivors across various domains of care following their discharge from hospital. A meta-ethnographic review of qualitative studies that reported needs of stroke patients after discharge from rehabilitation services was conducted. Main searches were conducted on the following electronic databases: Ovid Medline (1946 to 2021), CINAHL plus (EBSCO), AMED (EBSCO), PsycINFO (1967 to 2021), the Cochrane Library, and PubMed in June 2022. Main outcomes were related to stroke survivors' views, experiences, and preferences on physical, psychological, social, rehabilitation needs, and other identified needs. Twenty-seven studies were included in the final analysis. The findings show that existing rehabilitation provision for stroke survivors does not address the long-term needs of stroke survivors. Two main issues were revealed concerning the unmet needs of stroke survivors: (1) a lack of information availability and suitability and (2) inadequacy of care and services. It is crucial to further investigate the needs of patients in Asian countries and the Middle East as there is very limited understanding of patients' needs in the community in these regions.

Original languageEnglish
Article number404
Number of pages19
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 20 Oct 2022


  • Review
  • cerebrovascular disease
  • discharge
  • long term
  • needs
  • qualitative
  • requirements
  • stroke


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