REHAB CHOICES

Towards equitable access to rehabilitative care.

Rehab Choices

Exploring awareness, barriers and enablers that affect rehabilitation decisions and equitable access to rehabilitative care.

Rehabilitation after illness, injury, or surgery is certainly not a ‘one-size fits all’ situation. But when someone needs it, for example, as part of recovery from a knee replacement, or a stroke, how do they find out what the best options for their individual condition and circumstances are? Then, how do they make a choice about what to do?

To design ways to make rehabilitation access more equitable, and also to design better services for the future, we can’t rely on our opinions and or assumptions about how people come to end up in a rehab program.

We are looking for people to take part in a discussion and share their thoughts and experiences about rehabilitation options and choices.

The team, and what the study involves:

Team: Top left Gillian Mason, top right Adrian O’Malley, Bottom left Stephen Ward and Tracy Ward, Bottom Right Dr Nicki Hodyl

What is rehabilitation?

Rehabilitation, or ‘rehab’ is the process of improving physical and mental health and adapting to how your body and mind functions after injury, illness or surgery.

As part of rehab, you may receive advice from or take part in therapies with health professionals. It can happen in a hospital, at a day clinic, in the community or at home.

You can take part if you are 18 years or older, live in Australia and are either

  • A person who is currently in a rehabilitation program, or
  • A person who has taken part in rehabilitation in the past.

Group discussions will be in English and any technical or medical jargon will be explained.

What would you be asked to do?

Join in one discussion via a zoom videoconference with a small group (90min, with breaks)

During the discussions you will be invited to share your experiences and thoughts about rehabilitation choices. The discussions will be led by two experienced facilitators (Nicki Hodyl and/or Gillian Mason) and 4-5 other participants.

Zoom with Nicki and Gill and you

Preparation – chat-in-a-box:

Before the zoom session, you will receive a chat-in-a-box in the mail.

In the box you’ll find:

  • A few goodies to help make up for the fact you can’t enjoy a cuppa with us in person
  • An outline to how the group discussion will run, and
  • Some very brief information to prompt your memory about how and from whom you got information about your rehabilitation options.

You will need to spend about half an hour preparing before the zoom session.

Optional:

Attend one more zoom meeting with all study participants where the research team will summarise the findings and cross check that we have understood people’s experiences and views properly.

You don’t have to be tech savvy to join in!

We can help you with the technology, make sure you have time to practice and make sure you know what to expect.

Accessibility:

  • If you need support or assistance to take part, you’re very welcome to join the discussion with a support person or carer.
  • If you need an interpreter, closed captioning, or have any other access requirements, like fatigue, or needing additional time to move through the discussion, please contact us to discuss.

Download participant information statement

Register your interest

You can take part if you are a clinician practising in Australia who provides rehabilitation care.

Take part in one interview on the phone or via a zoom videoconference with a researcher (30min).

During the interview you will be invited to share your experiences and thoughts around whether your patients are able to access the kinds of rehabilitation you’d like to recommend for them.

You would be interviewed by either :

Dr Nicki Hodyl (research academic) or Gillian Mason (physiotherapist researcher).

Both Nicki and Gillian also have varied rehabilitation-patient lived-experience.

Optional:

Attend one more zoom meeting with all study participants where the research team will summarise the findings and cross check that we have understood people’s experiences and views properly.

You don’t have to be tech savvy to join in!

We can help you with the technology, make sure you have time to practice and make sure you know what to expect.

Accessibility:

  • If you need support or assistance to take part, you’re very welcome to join the discussion with a support person or carer.
  • If you need an interpreter, closed captioning, or have any other access requirements, like fatigue, or needing additional time to move through the discussion, please contact us to discuss.

Download participant information statement

Register your interest

We want to see people have better access to choices for rehabilitation that meets their needs.

Register your interest – both people who are in or have done rehabilitation & health professionals

To find out more or to register your interest please contact Gill at Gillian.Mason@newcastle.edu.au or 02 4042 0245.

To find out more about the research team for this study click here.

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Participant information sheet – for those who have had or having rehabilitation

Participant information sheet – for health professionals

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