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Little appears to have been written about how district nurses perceive their role in relation to the care and management of stroke patients in the community despite the high number of stroke patients on their case loads A qualitative study using a semi-structured interview was undertaken with a convenience sample of 30 district nurses representing each locality in one health district in England Findings suggest that district nurses do not have a major role in the rehabilitation of stroke patients in the community and generally become involved in their care once the patient's chromcity has reached the point of inability to meet self-care demand, or the carer is unable to cope