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Clin Rehabil. 2019 Mar;33(3):575-583. doi: 10.1177/0269215518815233. Epub 2018 Dec 4.

A qualitative study exploring therapists' experiences of implementing a complex intervention promoting meaningful activity for residents in care homes.

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1
1 Faculty of Health, Social care and Education, Kingston University, London, UK.
2
2 St George's NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES::

To explore the experiences of occupational therapists and physiotherapists and to reveal any factors that can facilitate delivering a complex care home intervention promoting meaningful activity.

DESIGN::

Qualitative interview study using data from three focus groups conducted longitudinally post intervention implementation. Data were analysed thematically.

SETTING::

Three residential care homes in South London, UK.

SUBJECTS::

All therapists involved in the implementation of the intervention: three occupational therapists and three physiotherapists.

RESULTS::

Three interconnected themes emerged from the analysis: (1) developing trusting relationships, (2) empowering staff and (3) remaining flexible. Therapists described how successfully implementing a complex care home intervention was dependant on developing trusting relationships with care staff. This enabled the therapists to empower care staff to take ownership of the intervention and help embed it in care home culture, facilitating long-term change. The therapists described how remaining flexible in their approach helped keep care staff engaged for the duration of implementation.

CONCLUSION::

This study has revealed several important factors that can help facilitate therapists delivering complex interventions in care homes.

KEYWORDS:

Complex intervention; care homes; experiences; implementation; occupational therapy

PMID:
30514110
DOI:
10.1177/0269215518815233
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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