The concerns of older women during inpatient rehabilitation following fractured neck of femur.

C. Wykes, Julie Pryor, Ahmud Basseer Jeeawody

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Abstract

Aims: There have been many studies conducted on the impact of fractured neck of femur on older women, but they have not focused specifi cally on the psychosocial impact of this injury on the lives of previously independent older women. This pilot study aimed to explore the impact of fractured neck of femur on the lives of previously independent women, and identify their concerns when participating in inpatient rehabilitation following their fracture. Methods: Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with fi ve women hospitalized for rehabilitation following fractured neck of femur. Qualitative description within the constructivist paradigm and using thematic analysis was used to analyse the transcripts. Findings: All of the fi ve women experienced loss of control as a distressing consequence of fractured neck of femur. Their primary concerns were about the behaviour of others, what was happening to them, the impact of their injury on others and their other health issues. Conclusions: Loss of control is a major issue for older women who fracture a femur. In addition, during rehabilitation they are concerned about a range of issues, some of which seem to have the potential to be ameliorated by thoughtful staff-initiated interactions. Identifi cation of what concerns patients can help staff know where to focus their input as they guide and support patients on their rehabilitation journeys. Further research is required to guide and refi ne the development of effective staff-initiated interactions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-270
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Volume16
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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