Professionals' perceptions of factors affecting implementation and continuation of a physical activity promotion programme in rehabilitation: a qualitative study

Femke Hoekstra, Florentina J Hettinga, Marjolein den Breejen, Marjo Duijf, Lucas H V van der Woude, Rienk Dekker, Cees P van der Schans

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To describe professionals' perceptions of factors that facilitate or hamper the implementation and continuation of a physical activity promotion programme in rehabilitation.

DESIGN: This study used a qualitative design.

METHODS: Semi-structured interviews (n = 22) were conducted with rehabilitation professionals (n = 28) involved in the implementation of a physical activity promotion programme. Two additional interviews were conducted with the programme coordinators (n = 2). The study involved 18 rehabilitation organizations implementing the programme that targets people with disabilities or chronic diseases. Organizations were supported in the implementation process by the programme coordinators.

RESULTS: Commonly perceived facilitating factors were: involvement of committed and enthusiastic professionals; agreement with their organizations' vision/wishes; the perceived additional value of the programme; and opportunities to share knowledge and experience with professionals from other organizations. Commonly perceived hampering factors were: uncertainty about continuing the programme; limited flexibility; and lack of support from physicians and therapists to implement the programme.

CONCLUSION: Professionals perceived a heterogeneous set of factors that facilitate and/or hamper the implementation and continuation of a physical activity promotion programme in rehabilitation. Based on these findings, recommendations were formulated to enhance embedding of physical activity promotion during and after rehabilitation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)385-394
JournalJournal of rehabilitation medicine
Volume49
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • rehabilitation
  • physical activity
  • handicapped
  • active lifestyle

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