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dc.contributor.authorLynch, Elizabeth A-
dc.contributor.authorLuker, Julie A-
dc.contributor.authorCadilhac, Dominique A-
dc.contributor.authorFryer, Caroline E-
dc.contributor.authorHillier, Susan L-
dc.identifier.citationClinical Rehabilitation 2017; 31(7): 966-977en_US
dc.description.abstractOBJECTIVE: To explore the factors perceived to affect rehabilitation assessment and referral practices for patients with stroke. DESIGN: Qualitative study using data from focus groups analysed thematically and then mapped to the Theoretical Domains Framework. SETTING: Eight acute stroke units in two states of Australia. SUBJECTS: Health professionals working in acute stroke units. INTERVENTIONS: Health professionals at all sites had participated in interventions to improve rehabilitation assessment and referral practices, which included provision of copies of an evidence-based decision-making rehabilitation Assessment Tool and pathway. RESULTS: Eight focus groups were conducted (32 total participants). Reported rehabilitation assessment and referral practices varied markedly between units. Continence and mood were not routinely assessed (4 units), and people with stroke symptoms were not consistently referred to rehabilitation (4 units). Key factors influencing practice were identified and included whether health professionals perceived that use of the Assessment Tool would improve rehabilitation assessment practices (theoretical domain 'social and professional role'); beliefs about outcomes from changing practice such as increased equity for patients or conversely that changing rehabilitation referral patterns would not affect access to rehabilitation ('belief about consequences'); the influence of the unit's relationships with other groups including rehabilitation teams ('social influences' domain) and understanding within the acute stroke unit team of the purpose of changing assessment practices ('knowledge' domain). CONCLUSION: This study has identified that health professionals' perceived roles, beliefs about consequences from changing practice and relationships with rehabilitation service providers were perceived to influence rehabilitation assessment and referral practices on Australian acute stroke units.en_US
dc.subjectTheoretical domains frameworken_US
dc.subjectAcute Stroke uniten_US
dc.subjectassessment for rehabilitationen_US
dc.subjectQualitative studyen_US
dc.titleA qualitative study using the Theoretical Domains Framework to investigate why patients were or were not assessed for rehabilitation after strokeen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.identifier.journaltitleClinical Rehabilitationen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationAustin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationNHMRC Centre of Research Excellence Stroke Rehabilitation and Brain Recovery, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australiaen
dc.identifier.affiliationInternational Centre for Allied Health Evidence, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationStroke Division, The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.identifier.affiliationBrain Recovery Stroke and Ageing Research Centre, Monash University, Victoria, Australiaen_US
dc.type.austinJournal Articleen_US
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