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The ENVIRONS (ENVironments for Inpatient RehabilitatiON of Stroke patients) study

The ENVIRONS (ENVironments for Inpatient RehabilitatiON of Stroke patients) study: A mixed methods multiple-case study to understand how the built environment of inpatient stroke rehabilitation facilities may best promote efficiency, effectiveness, emotional well-being, and safety

Aims

The aims of the ENVIRONS study are to: 1) understand how the built environment interacts with the staff and patient activities in inpatient rehabilitation, and 2) understand how the environment of inpatient stroke rehabilitation facilities interacts with the criteria that have been defined as important for the design of inpatient stroke rehabilitation spaces (efficiency, effectiveness, emotional well-being, and safety).  

Inpatient stroke rehabilitation facilities are often not purpose built for rehabilitation and they follow a traditional model used in acute ward design. To inform rehabilitation facility healthcare design guidelines and improve patient experience and recovery we need to gain a more complete understanding of rehabilitation environments. The ENVIRONS study will extend our understanding by using a convergent mixed methods multiple-case study design to describe two specific cases (i.e., two rehabilitation facilities). The qualitative and quantitative data collected will together address the criteria that are most important for inpatient stroke rehabilitation design, namely efficiency, effectiveness, emotional well-being, and safety. Semi-structured walk-through interviews will be conducted with patients and staff at both facilities to determine their experiences of the built environment and how they think it impacts stroke care. Data will also be collected to describe patients’ behaviour in the built environment, their mood, sleep quality, boredom, and motivation. 
 

Ruby Lipson-Smith is supported by a Research Training Program PhD Scholarship from the Australian Government

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