An exploration of employers’ perspectives and experiences of stroke survivors returning to work.
Stroke can have a drastic and prolonged effect on the lives of those who experience them, and the people that surround them. Around 15,000 people experience stroke each year in Scotland which results in stroke being the leading cause of disability. The frequency of which stroke occurs is expected to increase in the coming years due to an increasingly aging population. Although stroke is evident in this population, the occurrence is increasing in the working age population. This has brought focus to more work-related goals from the government and health boards. Work rehabilitation is important due to the value occupation brings to an individual’s life. Through a review of selected literature, it was highlighted that there is a distinct lack of research in most areas of the return to work process for people who have experienced stroke. This also showed that there is a lack of research exploring the area of the employers’ perspective, in particular. The limited research however, did show how important the employer in the return to work process; they can be barriers or facilitators to a successful return to work. For this reason, it is important to explore the employers’ perspective in order to deepen the understanding of how the return to work process effects them and what support they may need to enable it to be successful. Using a grounded theory analysis approach, the research proposal aims to explore the employers’ perspective of return to work of stroke survivors. Semi-structured interviews will be used to elicit detailed data to gain an understanding of experiences and perspectives of employers.