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Title: The stroke exercise preference inventory is feasible to use in a community rehabilitation setting.
Austin Authors: Blennerhassett, Jannette M ;Cooper, Tom;Logan, Alison;Cumming, Toby B 
Affiliation: The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Physiotherapy, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Health Independence Program: Community Rehabilitation Service, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Mar-2022
Date: 2019-10-10
Publication information: Physiotherapy theory and practice 2022-03; 38(3): 456-463
Abstract: Exploring exercise preferences may help people to adhere to exercise programs by promoting customized programs to suit the person's choices and concerns. We investigated if the Stroke Exercise Preference Inventory, a questionnaire designed to explore stroke survivors' preferences for exercise and potential barriers, was feasible to use, and whether it assisted physiotherapists to design ongoing exercise programs in a mixed diagnostic convenience sample attending community rehabilitation. Physiotherapy staff interviewed 42 participants, and sought feedback about the questionnaire. Participant responses for exercise preferences and perceived barriers were then summarized. The questionnaire was quick to administer, readily understood, and considered relevant to consider when discussing options for exercise. Clinicians reported the questionnaire was useful for 48% (20/42) of participants, as it engaged the participant, clarified their preferences and allowed problem solving of potential barriers to exercise. Participants expressed strong preferences to be challenged, and to receive supervision and support. Preferences regarding environmental and social context of exercise varied widely. Difficulty getting started was the most common barrier reported. The Stroke Exercise Preference Inventory was feasible to use with a mixed diagnostic group during community rehabilitation, and provides structure to explore preferences and barriers to exercise. It remains to be tested whether use of the questionnaire promotes adherence to exercise programs.
DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2019.1678206
ORCID: 0000-0002-9883-047X
Journal: Physiotherapy theory and practice
PubMed URL: 31599691
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Exercise therapy
delivery of healthcare
physical therapy
treatment adherence and compliance
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