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Title: Exercise instructor-led functional training programme for community dwelling stroke survivors: A qualitative study
Authors: Norris, M
Kilbride, C
Mohagheghi, A
Victor, C
Keywords: Rehabilitation;Neurological injury;Stroke
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: MA Healthcare Limited
Citation: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 20(12): (December 2013)
Abstract: Background: Action for Rehabilitation in Neurological Injury (ARNI) is a novel community-based training programme that promotes functional independence and physical fitness in stroke survivors after formal rehabilitation. Method: We investigated the experiences of 22 stroke survivors enrolled in the 12-week programme, through their additional participation in one of four focus groups. Guidance topics informed the discussions, which were audio-recorded and transcribed. Thematic analysis was conducted by two independent researchers and consensus reached on the overarching themes. Results: The programme was described as overwhelmingly positive, with ascribed benefits in physical, functional and social activities, leading to a reported increase in active participation in life. Key contextual factors were discussed as being critical to develop these benefits including: the balance of group and 1:1 training, the nature of challenge in the activities and the de-medicalisation of both the environment and the intervention itself. Conclusions: Group-based ARNI was reported as having a positive impact on function and participation in life post-stroke. This study indicates a need for further examination of the objective impact of the ARNI programme.
ISSN: 1741-1645
Appears in Collections:Dept of Health Sciences Research Papers

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