Interpreting therapeutic landscape experiences through rural stroke survivors’ biographies of disruption and flow

Meijering, Louise and Lettinga, Ant T. and Nanninga, Christa S. and Milligan, Christine (2017) Interpreting therapeutic landscape experiences through rural stroke survivors’ biographies of disruption and flow. Journal of Rural Studies, 51. pp. 275-283. ISSN 0743-0167

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This article utilizes the concepts of biographical disruption and biographical flow to expand understandings of how a therapeutic engagement with the rural landscape may change over time for individual stroke survivors. In doing so, it explores how the rural landscape can be experienced as both a therapeutic and a non-therapeutic landscape. The paper draws on in-depth interviews with nineteen stroke survivors living in rural areas in the Northern Netherlands. Because of the cognitively and physically disabling changes that can occur as a result of stroke, interviewees’ stories revealed complex and often contradictory experiences of the rural, post-stroke, that varied significantly from their pre-stroke experiences. Our findings demonstrate that the rural holds potential to function as a therapeutic landscape for stroke survivors, especially through its enabling natural and social characteristics. However, the different physical, social, natural, and healthcare aspects of the rural can also disrupt stroke survivors’ individual biographies and their sense of self. The privileging of place in these biographies may provide important insights that can help improve the practice of stroke care. It also leads us to conclude that the concepts of biographical flow and disruption, though useful, need to take into account the influence of the wider (spatial) context. We thus coin the terms bio-geo-graphical flow and bio-geo-graphical disruption, and suggest that these may more accurately reflect the spatio-temporal disruptions and flows experienced by stroke survivors in the post-stroke period.

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Journal of Rural Studies
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This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Rural Studies. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Rural Studies, 51, 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.jrurstud.2016.06.004
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?? therapeutic landscapestroke survivorsbiographical disruption and biographical flowqualitative methodsrural areasthe netherlandsdevelopmentsociology and political scienceforestrygeography, planning and development ??
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