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Patient experience of Neurology Rehabilitation: A qualitative investigation

Wain, Helen R., Kneebone, Ian I., Billings, Jenny R. (2008) Patient experience of Neurology Rehabilitation: A qualitative investigation. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 89 (7). pp. 1366-1371. ISSN 0003-9993. (doi:10.1016/j.apmr.2007.11.050) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:33210)

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Objective: To understand the experiences of patients who had undergone neurologic rehabilitation.

Design: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of semistructured interviews.

Setting: Neurologic rehabilitation unit.

Participants: A purposive convenience sample of 8 past patients.

Interventions: Not applicable.

Main Outcome Measure: Participants’ reports of neurologic rehabilitation obtained via in-depth semistructured interviews.

Results: Participants predominantly described positive experiences of rehabilitation. The superordinate theme personcenteredness

was developed, which included 4 key themes: ownership, personal value, holistic approach, and therapeutic atmosphere. These reflected patients’ perceptions of choice and control and feelings of personal respect and self-worth. These appeared to be promoted through the multidimensional benefits

of the unit (eg, the understanding and friendly nature of staff and other patients, physical improvements, psychologic gains)

as well as the unit’s informal, relaxed environment. When present, these factors created a positive rehabilitation experience; when absent, a negative experience.

Conclusions: These findings support those from other literature, which has identified person-centered care as a core element of successful rehabilitation and linked its absence to dissatisfaction with health care. This research has increased our understanding of patients’ experience of neurologic rehabilitation, and could inform the development of a patient-centered assessment instrument for neurologic rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.apmr.2007.11.050
Uncontrolled keywords: Nervous system diseases; Patient-centered care; Patient satisfaction; Rehabilitation.
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Tony Rees
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 15:50 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:10 UTC
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