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Clin Rehabil. 1999 Apr;13(2):113-22.

Effect of a physiotherapist-led training programme on attitudes of nurses caring for patients after stroke.

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  • 1Department of Health Care for the Elderly, St Luke's Hospital, Bradford, UK. a.forster@leeds.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

A multidisciplinary project team developed a five-month physiotherapist-led training programme designed to enhance nurses' rehabilitation skills.

AIMS:

Investigation of the effects of the training programme on nurses attitudes to patients with stroke.

METHOD:

An attitude questionnaire was completed by the participating nurses before and after the training programme. In a complementary qualitative evaluation the nurses' expectations and views of the training programme were explored.

RESULTS:

Analysis of the attitude questionnaire indicated that the programme was successful in positively influencing the nurses' attitudes (median of the change in score 2, p = 0.005). The qualitative interviews reflected a similar outcome.

CONCLUSIONS:

Quantitative and qualitative evaluation indicates that the training programme had some effect in changing nurses' attitudes to treating patients after a stroke. Such a training programme could be a useful contribution to post-stroke care.

PMID:
10348391
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