Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

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Edited By: Åshild Slettebø and Lennart Fredriksson

Impact Factor: 1.162

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 32/105 (Nursing (Social Science))

Online ISSN: 1471-6712

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Satisfaction with care and rehabilitation among people with stroke, from hospital to community care
Helena Tholin and Anette Forsberg

In this empirical study the researchers aimed to investigate how people with stroke experienced several factors in health care services such as care received, rehabilitation offers, support and participation from hospital to community care. Eleven patients suffering from stroke were interviewed using qualitative semi structured interviews. The data were analyzed with qualitative content analysis. The main findings were that the informants were satisfied with their hospital care but that they had both positive and negative experiences regarding the continuing care. Some of the informants reported loss of autonomy and that they did not feel involved in the health care planning but had to rely on the judgments of the staff in the rehabilitation process. The researchers, who are both physiotherapists, conclude that it is important that the rehabilitation offered is evidence-based and that it is specific, intense and performed by professionals, regardless where the rehabilitation is performed in the health care chain. They recommend that an increased focus on patient autonomy, especially in the residential community services, should be developed. We find this article important for caring science as it focuses on the physiotherapists’ view and contribution in the caring and health care sciences. Rehabilitation experiences are relevant for improving health care services to patients. Understanding how these services are experienced and may be enhanced can contribute to improved health care services both in hospitals and in the community care setting.

Åshild Slettebø, Editor in Chief, SJCS

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