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Enriching relational knowing in stroke care

Short Study Title:
Enriching relational knowing in stroke care

Protocol No.

Enriching relational knowing in stroke care: using appreciative action research to co-create a relationship-centred care approach to patient and family relationships and multidisciplinary working on stroke units.

REC reference:

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Geographical Scope:
Multicentre - National

Disease Area:

Sample Size:

Study Type:

Study Design:
Non randomised

Estimated Closure Date:

Current Status:
Not yet recruiting

Inclusion Criteria:

1. The person with stroke:

a) Current inpatient, or discharged within the last 4 weeks
b) on the stroke unit at Salisbury District Hospital
c) with a principle diagnosis of acute or recent (within the last 2 months) stroke
d) over 18 years of age

2. Family members or informal carers:

a) A family member or carer of a person with stroke receiving, or recently received (within the last 4 weeks) care from the stroke unit
b) who has been directly involved in the care or support of the person with stroke (i.e. not a distant relative) and
c) visits regularly on the ward and
d) is over 18 years of age

3. Staff:

a) Leaders and managers who have an influence on the culture and operational processes on the stroke unit, for example service managers or directorate managers OR
b) a member of the stroke multidisciplinary team who will include: doctors, nurses, health care assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, rehabilitation assistants, dieticians, ward clerks, housekeepers and
c) is identified by the stroke unit staff to be a principle member of the stroke unit multidisciplinary team.

Exclusion Criteria:

1. Patients:

a)Patients determined as too unwell by the consultant or stroke unit multidisciplinary team responsible for their care
b)Those with severe cognitive or communication problems who cannot take part in interviews even with supported communication.

2.Family members or informal carers:

Considered by the multidisciplinary team as unable to contribute due to limited cognitive or physical capacity

3. Staff:

Visiting staff members to the stroke unit, for example, porters, phlebotomists, diabetes specialist nurses etc

Chief Investigator:
Clare Gordon
Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Key Co-Investigator(s):
Caroline Ellis-Hill
Bournemouth University

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Salisbury District Hospital