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Rehabilitative care in a specialist palliative day care centre: A study of patient's perspectives.

Belchamber, C.A. and Gousy, M.H., 2004. Rehabilitative care in a specialist palliative day care centre: A study of patient's perspectives. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 11 (9), 425-34.

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This qualitative study set out to explore cancer patients’ perceptions of a rehabilitative care approach, which they experienced in an independent specialist palliative day care centre. A phenomenological approach was chosen and through semistructured interviews, patients’ perceptions of their symptoms, beliefs and attitudes towards their rehabilitative care were explored. The relevance and benefits of the rehabilitative care approach were then identified using quality of life markers established during data analysis. The main factors uncovered and shown to contribute to the rehabilitation process were: environmental factors; participant interaction; normalization; health-care professional interaction; nutrition; mobilization; and education. However, more research is needed to understand how some of the treatment modalities discussed can help reduce fatigue, pain, dyspnoea and nausea in this group of people.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Commentary on this article is provided by Helen Barrett Senior Occupational Therapist The Royal Marsden NHS Trust Link to International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation website: Sutton Surrey SM2 5PT UK The publishers have given permission to put this article into the repository, however if you would like to reuse / publish this article then please contact: Olivia Wood Managing Editor International Journal of therapy and Rehabilitation MA Healthcare mark Allen Group DL: 0207 5016715 Fax: 0207 7338174 E-mail: Website:
Uncontrolled Keywords:rehabilitation, cancer, palliative care, day centre, symptom management, physiotherapy
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:11069
Deposited By: Mrs Caroline Belchamber LEFT
Deposited On:21 Oct 2009 18:08
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:24


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