Brain injury rehabilitation: The lived experience of inpatients and their family caregivers

Fleming, Jennifer, Sampson, Jennifer, Cornwell, Petrea, Turner, Ben and Griffin, Janell (2012) Brain injury rehabilitation: The lived experience of inpatients and their family caregivers. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 19 2: 184-193. doi:10.3109/11038128.2011.611531


Author Fleming, Jennifer
Sampson, Jennifer
Cornwell, Petrea
Turner, Ben
Griffin, Janell
Title Brain injury rehabilitation: The lived experience of inpatients and their family caregivers
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1103-8128
1651-2014
Publication date 2012-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/11038128.2011.611531
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 184
End page 193
Total pages 10
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Inpatient rehabilitation is an integral part of the continuum of care for people with severe acquired brain injury (ABI), and may extend for weeks or months. However, there is a lack of research describing the experience of inpatient brain injury rehabilitation. The purpose of this study was to describe and interpret the inpatient brain injury rehabilitation experience from the perspective of patients and their caregivers. Qualitative content analysis of semi-structured interviews from a purposeful sample of 20 patients and 18 of their family caregivers generated in-depth descriptions of the inpatient experience. Three themes were identified; "rehabilitation context/environment", "activity/occupation", and "support and adjustment". The findings provide a greater understanding of rehabilitation from an insider perspective and can assist rehabilitation teams to better meet the needs of people with ABI. Specifically, the need for a therapeutic environment, meaningful occupations and family-centredness in inpatient settings were highlighted by this study.
Keyword Acquired brain injury
Qualitative content analysis
Environment
Occupational therapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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