Using ICF-Environment factors to enhance the continuum of outpatient ABI rehabilitation: An exploratory study

Kuipers, Pim, Foster, Michele, Smith, Sharon and Fleming, Jennifer (2009) Using ICF-Environment factors to enhance the continuum of outpatient ABI rehabilitation: An exploratory study. Disability & Rehabilitation, 31 2: 144-151. doi:10.1080/01674820701817938


Author Kuipers, Pim
Foster, Michele
Smith, Sharon
Fleming, Jennifer
Title Using ICF-Environment factors to enhance the continuum of outpatient ABI rehabilitation: An exploratory study
Journal name Disability & Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
1464-5165
Publication date 2009-01-02
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/01674820701817938
Volume 31
Issue 2
Start page 144
End page 151
Total pages 8
Editor D. Muller
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
C1
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Purpose.
This study utilized the Environment dimension of the ICF, to explore needs of outpatients and their family members in the context of system and professional needs in an outpatient rehabilitation unit.

Method.
A two-phase qualitative exploration comprised structured workshops with outpatient rehabilitation unit professional staff and semi-structured interviews on two occasions with 18 outpatients and their significant others. Data was thematically analysed and categorized according to ICF Environment dimensions.

Results.
The study found that the ICF Environment dimension was a worthwhile area for research, beneficial for outpatient professionals, relevant to patient and family members' concerns, and useful for conceptualizing intervention. The study found that key foci for outpatient assistance at the Environment level should include: psychosocial support and relationships; information transfer and communication in transition to outpatient rehabilitation; and subsequent connection with community, vocational and support services.

Conclusion.
Research using the ICF Environment dimension provides a practical means of connecting some of the features of a community-oriented approach with hospital or centre-based outpatient rehabilitation.
© 2009 Informa plc
Keyword Acquired brain injury
Outpatient rehabilitation
ICF Environment factors
Traumatic brain injury
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

 
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