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A document is something that can be read and relates to the social world. Documents have been described simply as “text (words) and images” that have been recorded without a researcher’s intervention (Bowen, 2009). While document analysis is the systematic procedure for reviewing or evaluating documents which can be either in printed or electronic computer based form or internet transmitted form (Bowen, 2009). Document analysis is mentioned as part of the methodology used in research process. In document analysis like other analytical methods entails the examination and interpretation in order to produce or gain understanding and the development of empirical knowledge (Corbin & Strauss, 2008). The document that may be used for systematic evaluation as part of the research study took the form of the available Nigeria stroke care guidelines and hospital discharge summaries for both hospitals furnished the documentary for the research purpose. Similarly, prior literatures referring to stroke survivors and care guidelines in Nigeria was incorporated in the formation relying on the description and interpretation of data as the basis of analysis. The process of analysis included: finding, selecting, appraisal (making sense of), and synthesizing data contained in the documents that may yield- excerpts, quotations or entire passage that are then organized into major themes, categories and case specific examples through content analysis (Labuschagne, 2003). In to analyse culture in the continuum of care for survivors of cerebrovascular disease/ stroke within Yenagoa, Community, Nigeria, a three year study with review of documents as a source of qualitative data. The document reviewed were designed for the management of stroke and TIA in Nigeria and the summaries for the discharge of stroke survivors from both hospitals (FMC and NDUTH) that played a role in the culture of continuum of care and the authors focused mainly on the mission statements for the guidelines as described in the documents.