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Patient, carer and staff experience of a hospital-based stroke service

Morris, Reg, Payne, O. and Lambert, A. 2007. Patient, carer and staff experience of a hospital-based stroke service. International Journal for Quality in Health Care 19 (2) , pp. 105-112. 10.1093/intqhc/mzl073

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Objective Here, the aim is to study the experiences of patients, carers and staff throughout a hospital stroke care pathway. Design Focus groups of patients, carers and staff followed a semi-structured format to elucidate experiences. The groups were recorded, transcribed and subjected to thematic analysis. Analyses were verified by researchers and participants. Results Patients and carers produced four overlapping themes: ‘information’, ‘staff attitudes’, ‘availability of care/treatment’ and ‘considering the whole person in context’. The carers' group produced two additional themes: ‘accommodation of patients’ individual needs' and ‘burden of care’. Their experiences were complex and multi-faceted; positive views of the whole service co-existed with negative views of some aspects. The staff groups produced six themes: ‘specialist service’, ‘split service’, ‘availability of care’, ‘consistency of care’, ‘staff morale’ and ‘wish for change’. Positive views of the specialist service were tempered by problems with physical and professional separation, staff shortages and ‘hierarchical practice’ that reduced collective decision-making. Conclusion Some of the patients' and carers' perspectives have not been previously reported in the stroke literature, including a desire for individualized treatment, the consideration of wider, non-physical needs and the carers' sense of burden. In addition, the study revealed how staff, carers and patients viewed each other and the service and demonstrated the concordance of their perceptions. However, staff showed little insight into the users' need for information and negative experiences of care. In contrast with previous research, lack of emotional care, poor continuity of care and lack of staff knowledge and skills were not identified as problems.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Uncontrolled Keywords: stroke; health care quality assessment; quality of health care
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISSN: 1353-4505
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:28

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