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Unpacking the black box of nursing and therapy practice for post-stroke shoulder pain

Pomeroy, VM, Niven, DS, Barrow, S and Faragher, EB 2001, 'Unpacking the black box of nursing and therapy practice for post-stroke shoulder pain' , Clinical Rehabilitation, 15 (1) , pp. 67-83.

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Abstract

Objectives: To describe current nursing and therapy interventions for the prevention and treatment of post-stroke shoulder pain and to explore the extent of their reported use in England. Design: Semi-structured, themed interviews followed by a postal questionnaire. Participants: Six nurses, five occupational therapists (OTs) and six physiotherapists (PTs) were interviewed. Twelve nurses, 12 OTs and 12 PTs were sent the pilot questionnaire and the main questionnaire was posted to 332 nurses, 332 OTs and 332 PTs. Setting: NHS Trusts in England which provide acute stroke care/rehabilitation. Procedure: Two researchers independently condensed the transcripts of the interviews into a list of interventions which were then transformed into a pilot postal questionnaire. Following the pilot small changes were made. Participants sent the main questionnaire were given three weeks to return it before being posted a reminder. After a further two weeks a researcher gave a telephone reminder. Results: One hundred and seventy-five different types of interventions were identified. The main questionnaire (57.8% response rate) found that all of the interventions were used by at least one respondent and that only 22.9% of the interventions were used to the same extent by nurses, OTs and PTs. The data also suggest variation in reported use within professions. Conclusions: This study has found a large number of interventions for poststroke shoulder pain which are reported to be used. This might reflect different causes of shoulder pain or variation between clinicians. Answers to these questions are expected to guide future evaluative research.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > RT Nursing
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Rehabilitation
Publisher: Arnold Publishers
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 02692155
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2007 13:57
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:44
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/6

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