The experience of time in the transition from hospital to home following stroke

J Rehabil Res Dev. 2004 May;41(3A):259-68. doi: 10.1682/jrrd.2003.06.0099.


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."

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Human Activities
  • Humans
  • Life Style
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Discharge
  • Self Concept
  • Social Adjustment
  • Stroke / psychology*
  • Time Management*