Patients’ and professionals’ perspectives on the consideration of patients’ convenient therapy periods as part of personalised rehabilitation: a focus group study with patients and therapists from inpatient neurological rehabilitation

M. Dür, C. Wenzel, P. Simon, G. Tucek

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Abstract

Background: Research on the optimal period for administering health services, especially rehabilitation interventions, is scarce. The aims of this study were to explore the construct of patients’ convenient therapy periods and to identify indicators based on the perspectives of patients and different health professionals from inpatient neurological rehabilitation clinics. Methods: This study was part of a larger project on patients’ convenient therapy periods following a mixed methods approach. In the current study a grounded theory approach was employed based on the use of focus group interviews. Focus group interviews were conducted in three different inpatient neurological rehabilitation clinics. Patients and therapists from inpatient neurological rehabilitation clinics who were able to speak and to participate in conversations were included. Results: A total of 41 persons, including 23 patients and 18 therapists, such as music and occupational therapists, participated in a total of six focus group interviews. The analysis of the focus group interviews resulted in the identification of a total of 1261 codes, which could be summarised in fifteen categories. However, these categories could be divided into five indicators and ten impact factors of convenient therapy periods. Identified indicators were verbal and non-verbal communication, mental functions, physiological needs, recreational needs, and therapy initiation. Conclusions: The results provide initial evidence that convenient therapy periods are clinically relevant for patients and therapists. Different states of patients’ ability to effectively participate in a rehabilitation intervention exist. A systematic consideration of patients’ convenient therapy periods could contribute to a personalised and more efficient delivery of intervention in neurological rehabilitation. To our knowledge, this study is one of the first attempts to research convenient therapy periods.

OriginalspracheEnglisch
Aufsatznummer372
Seiten (von - bis)372
FachzeitschriftBMC Health Services Research
Jahrgang22
Ausgabenummer1
DOIs
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 21 März 2022

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