Therapist attitudes and strategies to client-centred approaches in the provision of mobility devices to older clients

Hedberg-Kristensson, Elizabeth and Iwarsson, Susanne (2013) Therapist attitudes and strategies to client-centred approaches in the provision of mobility devices to older clients. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, 8 5: 381-386. doi:10.3109/17483107.2012.753328


Author Hedberg-Kristensson, Elizabeth
Iwarsson, Susanne
Title Therapist attitudes and strategies to client-centred approaches in the provision of mobility devices to older clients
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-3107
1748-3115
Publication date 2013-09
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17483107.2012.753328
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Issue 5
Start page 381
End page 386
Total pages 6
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This study explored therapists' attitudes to and strategies for developing clientcentred approaches in relation to the provision of mobility devices.

Method: Four physiotherapists and eight occupational therapists in a Swedish municipality context were interviewed according to a semi-structured interview guide. Data collection and analysis were guided by a qualitative approach, applying manifest content analysis.

Results: The analysis resulted in a main theme: ''Awareness and positive attitudes towards a client-centred approach'' and two sub-themes: ''Challenges to a client-centred approach'' and ''Strategies for developing a client-centred approach''.

Conclusions: Therapists in municipality-based geriatric rehabilitations are aware of and have ambitions to apply a client-centred approach in mobility device provision, despite different kinds of obstacles for client interaction. The examples of different strategies they suggested to facilitate a client-centred approach can be used to improve clinical practice. While more research is needed in this field, the results can be used as a basis for practice development which may increase activity among older clients.
Keyword Assistive devices
Municipality-based rehabilitation
Occupational therapy
Physiotherapy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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