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Top Stroke Rehabil. 2012 Jan-Feb;19(1):63-74. doi: 10.1310/tsr1901-63.

Community re-engagement and interprofessional education: the impact on health care providers and persons living with stroke.

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  • 1St. Michael's Hospital, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

This study evaluated the impact of an educational intervention that integrates concepts of a community re-engagement framework (CR) and interprofessional collaboration (IPC) on health care providers' (HCP) practice with persons living with stroke (PLS).

METHOD:

A mixed-methods design was used in which HCPs (n = 67) and PLS (n = 29) participated from 9 organizations across the care continuum. Pre- and postintervention surveys and interviews were conducted with the HCPs. One-on-one interviews with stroke clients were also conducted pre and post intervention. Quantitative responses were analyzed in SPSS (Chicago, Illinois, USA) for descriptive frequencies and differences between pre- and postintervention groups. Qualitative open-ended responses were thematically coded using NVivo7.

RESULTS:

Significant increases occurred in HCPs' knowledge of CR, confidence levels in working with PLS, enhanced understanding of the complex needs of PLS, and positive self-reported impacts on practice. PLS reported positive perceptions of care pre and post intervention.

CONCLUSIONS:

The intervention provided HCPs with a common language and framework to work collaboratively and holistically in delivering care consistent with stroke best practices.

PMID:
22306630
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