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Rehabilitation Clients' Recovery Expectations and Their Relationship to Functional Outcomes

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The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between specifically defined expectations that clients have of rehabilitation and their actual outcomes as measured by the Short Form-36 Health Survey. This study with pretreatment and posttreatment measures was conducted at a medical service center where clients received comprehensive work rehabilitation. Twenty-four participants completed pretreatment and posttreatment instruments. The results indicated that, with one exception (a baseline expectation of strength and outcome of general health), no relationships were found between clients' expectations and rehabilitation outcomes. The researchers concluded that in this study there is little relationship between clients' expectations of recovery and rehabilitation outcomes and that new ways to conceptualize expectations may be needed.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-03-01

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  • The Journal of Allied Health is the official publication of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The Journal is the only interdisciplinary allied health periodical, publishing scholarly works related to research and development, feature articles, research abstracts and book reviews. Readers of the Journal comprise allied health leaders, educators, faculty and students.
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