Staff perspectives on the role of the nurse in rehabilitation wards for elderly people

Karen Luker, Karen R. Waters

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    • The increasing demand for cost-effective and efficient health care may create a demand for more demonstrably effective hospital-based rehabilitation services, with the explicit goal of enabling patients to return home after short admissions; thus rehabilitation is centre stage. • This paper reports the findings from a study of the rehabilitation of elderly people in hospital; in particular it focuses on an aspect of the process of care: namely staff perceptions of rehabilitation work, with particular emphasis on the role of the nurse. • A conversational style of interviewing was used with 56 staff respondents from two rehabilitation wards for elderly people. • Findings suggest that therapists are often seen as experts, and nursing is viewed as separate from rehabilitation, and hence nurses are an under-utilized resource in this field. • It is suggested that there is a need to examine further the reality of multidisciplinary teamwork in rehabililtation, particularly with respect to maximizing the potential contribution of nurses, with the end goal of improving patient outcomes. © 1996 Blackwell Science Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)105-114
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Clinical Nursing
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


    • Effectiveness
    • Elderly
    • Perspectives
    • Rehabilitation


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