Developing a Bridges self-management programme for New Zealand stroke survivors: A case study

Hale, Leigh A. and Jones, Fiona and Mulligan, Hilda and Levack, William and Smith, Catherine M. and Claydon, Leica S. (2014) Developing a Bridges self-management programme for New Zealand stroke survivors: A case study. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21 (8). pp. 381-388. ISSN 1759-779X

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Background/aim: This case study describes the adaptation of the UK-developed Bridges stroke self-management programme (Bridges SMP) into a version relevant and acceptable to the New Zealand (NZ) context. Methods: Stakeholder consultation and qualitative methodology explored the acceptability and relevance of the Bridges SMP in NZ. Focus group discussions were held with stroke survivors (n=60) and neurorehabilitation therapists (n= 17). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 stroke survivors. Based on data gathered the authors culturally and contextually adapted the accompanying Bridges SMP workbook. This study piloted the adapted programme with six stroke survivors and used semi-structured interviews to explore their perceptions of it. Findings: The Bridges SMP was considered acceptable and beneficial for developing skills to self-manage recovery following stroke. The main recommended adaptation was the inclusion of NZ stories into the accompanying workbook. Four themes reflected the six pilot study participants' perceptions of the programme: you are not alone, reflection and taking action, life continues after stroke, and taking responsibility. Conclusions: The Bridges SMP was considered relevant and only required moderate adaptation for use in NZ. The process the authors undertook to contextualise Bridges SMP for NZ will provide guidance to the programme's introduction into other international regions.

Item Type: Journal Article
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Medical Science (until September 2018)
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Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 08:12
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:15

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