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The Adjustment Process of Returning to Work in Persons with Stroke Experiences
reentering the job market
This study is to explore stroke patients reentering the job market. Three people who had been suffering from stroke and had worked more than one year were invited by the researcher to participate in the study. The age of three study participants ranged from 42 to 47. They are two males and one female. Qualitative research within-depth interviews with participants was used in this study. Participants were invited to describe their life experiences of returning to work after strokes. The general result was summarized by narrative method. The result of the study shows there are five stages for stroke patients from stroke to return to work, which are prior stroke employment experience, medical treatment period, rehabilitation period, job searching period, and backing to the workplace. The challenges that stroke patients facing can be commonly concluded as changes of the original job or job content, changes of interpersonal relationships in the workplace, barriers and physical limitations affecting performance, and psychological factors affecting the thinking of work. Moreover, the opposite opinion to returning to work from the family is the personal challenge. The response to face the challenges is adjusting their jobs or finding other jobs with developing professional skills, rethinking ways to communicate with colleagues, adjusting the time for medical consultation and making good use of dietary supplement to maintain health, finding a suitable way to show their working ability, and being open minded and changing mindset of changing jobs. The solution for the personal event is to make concrete actions to gain identity from family members by communication. The benefits for stroke patients reentering the job market are to gain quicker recovery speed, to change the mood with positive thinking, to gain income and to start learning how to manage money, and to find the goal of life so that life is no longer boring, and to think more logical. Those all benefits are found by this research. Based on the findings, different directions are suggested for stroke patients, the public and private sectors, occupational rehabilitation services, employers and colleagues in the workplace, and family members of stroke patients. In addition, the alternative opinions on research limitations and future research recommendations are proposed. It is expected that this study can be a help for stroke patients to return to work, encouraging them to participate in social life and be employed actively. Key words: stroke patients, reentering the job market, employment process
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