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Understanding the Experience of Stroke: A Mixed-Method Research Agenda

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Clarke, Philippa J. 2009. "Understanding the Experience of Stroke: A Mixed-Method Research Agenda." Gerontologist, 49(3): 293-302.

The use of both quantitative and qualitative strategies to examine a single research question has been a subject of considerable controversy and still remains a largely uncommon practice in the sociology of health and illness. Yet, when seeking to understand the meaning of a chronic disabling condition in later life from a social psychological perspective, a mixed-method approach is likely to provide the most comprehensive picture. This article provides an overview of the usefulness and appropriateness of a mixed-method approach to understanding the stroke experience. I comment on the current state of research on the experience of stroke, including epistemological and ontological orientations. Using real data examples, I address paradigmatic assumptions, methods of integration, as well as challenges and pitfalls in integrating methods. I conclude by considering future directions in this field of research.

DOI:10.1093/geront/gnp047 (Full Text)

PMCID: PMC2682172. (Pub Med Central)

Country of focus: United States of America.

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