Social isolation poststroke: relationship between race/ethnicity, depression, and functional independence.
ABSTRACT Research suggests that individuals recovering from a stroke often experience social isolation, which is linked to increased depressive symptomatology and decreased ability to manage activities of daily living. Research also indicates that different racial and ethnic groups are more adversely affected than whites. This article uses poststroke narratives to explore the relationship between social isolation, depressive symptomatology, and the ability to manage activities of daily living poststroke for white, African American, and Puerto Rican veterans. Findings suggest those who were socially isolated during the first year of poststroke recovery reported higher levels of depressive symptoms and a decreased ability to manage daily activities. Implications for stroke rehabilitation practice are discussed.