Patients requiring rehabilitation have typically experienced a significant change in their abilities from a stroke, amputation, brain injury or other adverse event, which can make them feel as though they have lost control. Having an opportunity to set their own discharge date allows rehabilitation patients to regain some of their autonomy. The purpose of this study was to explore how we can improve patient care by examining the experiences of patients when their discharge date changed. This study used semi-structured interviews with four past patients to qualitatively explore patient experiences at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia Rehabilitation Unit. Each of the participants shared information regarding their experience determining their discharge date as well as information about their experience in general, which resulted in four themes emerging including: encouragement, relationships, structure and emotional position. This study demonstrates the importance of ensuring patients understand rehabilitation routines and have appropriate communication and supports while working on their recovery.
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Thesis advisor: Pidgeon, Michelle
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