Significant others perspectives on person-centered information and communication technology in stroke rehabilitation – a grounded theory study



The aim of this study was to explore significant others´ perspectives on how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can support the rehabilitation process after stroke and facilitate participation in everyday life.
Method: Thirteen significant others were included in the study, and to capture their perspectives, two focus group, and five individual interviews were carried out in Denmark and Sweden 6-12 months after the stroke incident. A grounded theory approach was used throughout the study and a constant comparative method was used in the analysis.
Results: Five subcategories were identified from the analysis of the interviews: 1) ICT providing a sense of security, 2) ICT as a social mediator, 3) ICT as compensator for deficits, 4) ICT a way to reach information, and 5) ICT a possibility to supplement the rehabilitation process. From these categories one core category emerged: ICT´s potential to facilitate participation in everyday life and to reduce the strains that significant others experience after stroke.
Conclusion: ICT has the potential to facilitate participation in everyday life after stroke. Therefore it is necessary to start using ICT in the rehabilitation process after stroke, in order to bring meaning in everyday life and to support both the stroke survivors and the significant others.

Effektiv start/slut dato01/01/1701/03/18


  • Karolinska Institute (Projektpartner)
  • UCL Erhvervsakademi og Professionshøjskole (Projektpartner) (leder)