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Design: Qualitative semi-structured interviews with stroke specialist healthcare professionals analysed using Thematic Analysis.
Setting: Acute stroke unit, inpatient stroke rehabilitation units and community stroke services.
Participants: Twenty three professionals from six multi-disciplinary stroke teams involved in decision-making about stroke patients’ rehabilitation potential and clinical pathways.
Results: Factors influencing decision-making about ongoing rehabilitation were: 1) gaining understanding of the individual patient, 2) clinician’s knowledge of dementia/cognitive impairment, 3) predicting rehabilitation potential, 4) organisational constraints, 5) clinician’s perceptions of their role within the team. Decision-making led to two outcomes, either accommodating the pre-existing dementia/cognitive impairment within delivery of rehabilitation, or ending rehabilitation for that patient to allocate limited resources where they were perceived more likely to be effective. Participants felt that patients with pre-existing dementia/cognitive impairment had difficulty demonstrating the required rehabilitation potential within the short timescales available in the current model of service delivery. Participants identified a need for training to improve their knowledge and confidence for decision-making and delivery of rehabilitation for this growing population.
Conclusions: Clinicians’ decision-making about ongoing rehabilitation for patients with pre-stroke dementia/cognitive impairments is influenced by gaps in their knowledge and by service constraints. Increased training and more flexible, patient-centred services would enable clinicians to better accommodate these patients in rehabilitation.
|Number of pages||12|
|Early online date||28 Mar 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
- stroke rehabilitation
- pre-existing dementia
- cognitive impairment
- stroke decisions influences
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- Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
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What influences decisions about ongoing stroke rehabilitation for patients with pre-existing dementia or cognitive impairment: a qualitative study?
Longley, V. (Contributor), Peters, S. (Contributor), Swarbrick, C. (Contributor) & Bowen, A. (Contributor), figshare , 28 Mar 2018
DOI: 10.25384/sage.c.4052324.v1, https://figshare.com/collections/What_influences_decisions_about_ongoing_stroke_rehabilitation_for_patients_with_pre-existing_dementia_or_cognitive_impairment_a_qualitative_study_/4052324/1