Promoting holistic well-being in chronic stroke patients through leisure art-based creative engagement

Janet W.H. Sit, Amy W.H. Chan, Winnie K.W. So, Carmen W.H. Chan, Aileen W.K. Chan, Helen Y.L. Chan, Wai Man Olivia Fung, Mi Ling Eliza Wong

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Purpose: To examine the potential value of a creative art-based activity as a caring modality for promoting holistic well-being among chronic stroke patients, and to explore the feelings and meanings that stroke patients derived from their experience in leisure art-based creative engagement (LACE). Design: Qualitative design. Method: Participants were recruited through purposive and snowball sampling. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted. Qualitative content analysis was performed. The design and implementation of LACE was guided by Watson’s theory of caring. Findings: Twenty-four participants completed the study. Four themes emerged from participants’ account of experiences with the LACE: (1) appreciation of opportunities, (2) appreciation of self, (3) appreciation of others, and (4) appreciation of life. Conclusion: From the perspective of the participants, engaging in LACE enhances their sense of enjoyment and self-expression. Furthermore, they perceived LACE as an affirmation of life and an empowering process strengthening their connection and appreciation with the self and others. Clinical Relevance: This study adds evidence to existing literature on Watson’s theory-guided design and implementation of caring initiatives for community rehabilitation and has laid the groundwork for developing further evidence based research in leisure art-based caring occasions for promoting holistic well-being in stroke rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-66
Number of pages9
JournalRehabilitation Nursing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Complementary therapies
  • Creative art
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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