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Research Urban and Regional Studies Institute PRC

Home-making of stroke patients

Principal researchers

Dr. Louise Meijering , dr. Ant Lettinga ( Department of Epidemiology , Groningen University Medical Centre), Christa Nanninga MSc ( Centre for Rehabilitation , Groningen University Medical Centre), and dr. Gerd Weitkamp (Department of Cultural Geography, University of Groningen)


2010 - present

Summary of the project

In this project, we study the meanings of the home and neighbourhood/ community. Specifically, we look at: 1) hoe stroke survivors engage in home- and place making; 3) how stroke survivors move between different places and 3) how they experience the transition between rehabilitation clinic and home. We study these topics by adopting qualitative and mixed-methods. For instance, we conduct in-depth interviews and focus group discussions with stroke survivors and their informal caregivers, both at the rehabilitation clinic and at home. Also, we use in-depth interviews in combination with GPS-tracking and activity diaries.

Key publications

  • Meijering, L., Theunissen, N. & Lettinga, A.T. (2018) Re-engaging with places: understanding bio-geo-graphical disruption and flow in adult brain injury survivors. Social Science & Medicine. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.05.005.
  • Meijering, L., Lettinga, A.T., Nanninga, C.S. & Milligan, C. (2017) Interpreting therapeutic landscape experiences through rural stroke survivors’ biographies of disruption and flow. Journal of Rural Studies 51: 275-283. doi: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.06.004.
  • Nanninga, C.S., Meijering, L., Schönherr, M.C., Postema, K. & Lettinga, A.T. (2017) Unpacking community mobility: a preliminary study into the embodied experiences of stroke survivors. Disability & Rehabilitation. doi: 10.1080/09638288.2017.1323031.
  • Meijering, L., Nanninga, C.S. & Lettinga, A.T. (2016) Home-making after stroke. A qualitative study among Dutch stroke survivors. Health & Place 37(1): 35-42. doi: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.11.006.
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