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Meeting the psychological needs of community-living stroke patients and carers: a study of third sector provision

Morris, Reginald 2015. Meeting the psychological needs of community-living stroke patients and carers: a study of third sector provision. Disability & Rehabilitation 38 (1) , pp. 52-61. 10.3109/09638288.2015.1014932

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Purpose: To elucidate how community stroke staff in a major third sector organisation experienced their role and understood and responded to clients’ psychological needs. Method: In stage 1, three focus groups of 28 staff in total were recorded, transcribed and analysed using inductive thematic analysis. Themes were authenticated by new staff groups. In stage 2, these themes informed the construction of a questionnaire delivered through the organisation’s intranet by “Survey Monkey”. Results: Five themes emerged from the focus groups: background and context; perceptions of clients’ psychological issues; approaches to meeting psychological needs; the experience of working with psychological needs and sources of support; aspirations for future development. Four themes were used in constructing the questionnaire. Responses from 144 staff with diverse qualifications and experience were received; over half encountered 16 (of 35) psychological issues at least once per week. Stroke survivors’ needs predominated over carers’ needs. Skills used to address psychological problems were identified, also training and support needs and future aspirations. Support needs included information, training and access to specialist consultants. Conclusions: Psychological issues were central in the work of third sector community stroke staff; psychological skills were routinely used. Attention to means of supporting and developing these skills is required.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0963-8288
Funders: WEDS
Date of Acceptance: 30 January 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 09:12

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