The Heartbeat drumming program for stroke rehabilitation clients: How is it motivational?

Sheila Smith, Kylie Murphy

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Aim: The aim of this study is to identify themes in how stroke clients who find the Heartbeat program motivating define motivation, and what they think are the reasons why they find the program motivating. Heartbeat is a rehabilitation drumming program for clients with chronic neurological impairments, including individuals who have had a stroke. Over six weeks, the clients learn to play the drums guided by the music teacher and students of Wangaratta West Primary School.

Method: Semi-structured interviews are being conducted with Heartbeat clients who have self-identified that they were motivated by their Heartbeat drumming program experience. The participants are being asked (a) what motivation means to them, (b) what they find motivating about participating in the program, and what about themselves they believe makes them motivated by the program. A framework approach will be used to analyse the data, followed by a simple content analysis.

Significance of the findings to allied health: Current literature supports the idea that motivation is important in stroke rehabilitation. However, motivation is poorly understood, particularly from the client’s perspective. Understanding the elements that make Heartbeat motivating from the client’s perspective may assist in increasing motivation in other stroke rehabilitation contexts.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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