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I graduated from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK) with a BA in Politics and International Relations with First Class Honours and completed my Master of Research (Mres) at the University of Exeter with distinction and the Dean’s commendation for exceptional performance. Whilst studying at the University of Exeter (UK) I focused exclusively on developing my research skills by taking methodology centred classes. In addition to broadening my understanding of how to use quantitative, qualitative, and experimental methodologies to increase validity and reliability, this allowed me to approach my interest in the health service research from different angles. I am currently seeking PhD Opportunities to further pursue my interest in health service research and develop my skills as a methodologist.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS OF QUESTIONS POSED BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS ON AN ONLINE STROKE DISCUSSION FORUM.

Session Type
Oral Presentations
Date
27.10.2021, Wednesday
Session Time
08:00 - 08:10
Room
ORAL PRESENTATIONS 4
Lecture Time
08:00 - 08:10

Abstract

Background and Aims

Online resources are becoming increasingly relevant to stroke survivors and their social networks. Central to these social networks are stroke survivor’s family and friends. This study's aim is to develop a systematic method for categorising questions posed by users on online discussion boards to facilitate the critical analysis of this information and to identify the most frequently asked category of question posed by the family and friends of stroke survivors.

Methods

This study used a two-stage approach. First, quantitative content analysis of a small sample of posts made on the “r/stroke” reddit forum (N = 200) were analysed to create an objective and systematic method for classifying posts. Second, a large sample of posts made on the “r/stroke” reddit forum (N = 2000) were assessed using the methods generated in the first stage. Posts made by friends and/or families were identified using explicit reference to the relationship between the author and subject of the post.

Results

Results from the initial sample (N = 200) indicated that family and friends were key contributors to the chosen forum (nv= 89). Within the valid sample, posts concerning Fathers (40%) and Mothers (20%) were the most common. 10 unique categories of questions were identified including requests for: Experiential Insights (29%); Recovery Chances/Duration (27%) and Recovery Advice (21%).

Conclusions

Preliminary results indicate that family and friends utilise online stroke forums as a means of gaining reassurance. This is evidenced by the higher number of posts which seek experiential insights and information regarding recovery chances and duration over practical recovery advice.

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