Understanding the experiences of people living with stroke engaging in a community-based physical-activity programme

Matthew Smith, Andrew Scott, Serena Mellish, James Faulkner

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Research has evidenced that regular exercise can provide physical and physiological benefits for people living with stroke. Our study aims to explore the experiences of people living with stroke when participating in a community physical activity programme. This programme was created to offer targeted physical activity and education interventions following the discharge of patients from the healthcare pathway. This qualitative study involved semi-structured interviews with 16 participants living with stroke who were recruited from individuals who had engaged with the activity programme. A reflexive thematic analysis was conducted on the data, and four overarching themes were developed: (i) Feelings of appreciation, (ii) Interactions with other patients, (iii) Positive contributions of trained instructors, and iv) Personal progress. Generally, participants reported very positive perceptions of the exercise programme, and were very grateful for the opportunity that the exercise classes provided. We hope that these findings will offer practical suggestions for healthcare providers who might develop similar activity programmes for clinical populations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number154
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jan 2023


  • stroke
  • exercise
  • interviews
  • qualitative methods

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