Interdisciplinary Collaborative Goal Planning in a Post-Acute Neurological Setting: a Qualitative Study

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The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the use of interdisciplinary collaborative goal planning from the perspective of patients, their relatives and professional staff. Eighteen patients and their relatives who had been involved in collaborative goal planning were interviewed individually after the patient was discharged from the ward of a neurological rehabilitation hospital. The members of the interdisciplinary team responsible for implementing the goal planning process were also interviewed.

The findings showed that the majority of the patients and their relatives valued highly the opportunity to become actively involved in their care and discussed the impact of this on motivation, perceptions of control and freedom in decision making. The professional staff also identified benefits, which included giving clarification and direction to treatment and further opportunities for patient-centred practice. Challenges emerged as well, including the question of how to implement collaborative goal planning with people with severe language or cognitive impairment, those with poor insight or those in low awareness states. Further consideration of the issues raised is recommended as a means to promote patient-centred care.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2004

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