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Incongruence between nurses' and patients' understandings and expectations of rehabilitation

Pryor, Julie and O`Connell, Beverly 2009, Incongruence between nurses' and patients' understandings and expectations of rehabilitation, Journal of clinical nursing, vol. 18, no. 12, pp. 1766-1774, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02322.x.

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Title Incongruence between nurses' and patients' understandings and expectations of rehabilitation
Author(s) Pryor, Julie
O`Connell, Beverly
Journal name Journal of clinical nursing
Volume number 18
Issue number 12
Start page 1766
End page 1774
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, Boston
Publication date 2009-06
ISSN 0962-1067
1365-2702
Keyword(s) Australia
nurses
nursing
patient education
rehabilitation
Summary Aims and objectives. To explore nurses' understandings and expectations of rehabilitation and nurses' perceptions of patients' understandings and expectations of rehabilitation.
Background.
Within the context of a broadening appreciation of the benefits of rehabilitation, interest in the nature of rehabilitation is growing. Some believe that rehabilitation services do not adequately meet the needs of patients. Others are interested in the readiness of patients to participate in rehabilitation.
Design. Qualitative.
Method.
Grounded theory using data collected during interviews with nurses in five inpatient rehabilitation units and during observation of the nurses' everyday practice.
Findings. According to nurses working in inpatient rehabilitation units, there is a marked incongruence between nurses' understandings and expectations of rehabilitation and what they perceive patients to understand and expect.
Conclusion. Given these different understandings, an important nursing role is the education of patients about the nature of rehabilitation and how to optimise their rehabilitation.

Relevance to clinical practice.
Before patients are transferred to rehabilitation, the purpose and nature of rehabilitation, in particular the roles of patients and nurses, needs to be explained to them. The understandings of rehabilitation that nurses in this study possessed provide a framework for the design of education materials and orientation programmes that inform patients (and their families) about rehabilitation. In addition, reinforcement of the differences between acute care and rehabilitation will assist patients new to rehabilitation to understand the central role that they themselves can play in their recovery.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02322.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©201, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017497

Document type: Journal Article
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