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Experiences of patients and service providers with out-patient rehabilitation services in a rehabilitation centre in the Western Cape Province

Anne Kumurenzi, Charlyn Goliath, Gubela Mji, Nondwe Mlenzana, Conran Joseph, Sue Stathum, Anthea Rhoda

African Journal of Disability; Vol 4, No 1 (2015), 7 pages. doi: 10.4102/ajod.v4i1.164

Submitted: 19 October 2014
Published:  10 December 2015


Background: Rehabilitation is important for persons with disabilities as it contributes to their sense of autonomy, self-worth and social participation, and improves their quality of life. Improving the quality of rehabilitation services requires the dialogue of patients’ perceptions with those of service providers, in order to recommend informed reform.

Objective: The objective was to explore the experiences of persons with physical disabilities and service providers, regarding the multi-disciplinary rehabilitation services provided at a community-based out-patient rehabilitation centre.

Methods: A qualitative, exploratory study design was used to collect the data. A focus group was conducted with conveniently selected persons with physical disabilities. Three in-depth interviews were conducted with purposively selected key informants. All ethical considerations were adhered to during the implementation of the study.

Results: Patients and service providers had different experiences regarding accessibility to rehabilitation services, and similar experiences with patient education and intensity of rehabilitation. Although the patients experienced that the service providers had sufficient knowledge and skills to manage them, services providers expressed that they lacked certain skills.

Conclusions: The experiences expressed highlighted the need to improve rehabilitation services in terms of increasing the capacity of service providers and providing transport services for persons with disabilities.

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Author affiliations

Anne Kumurenzi, Department of Physiotherapy, University of Rwanda, Rwanda
Charlyn Goliath, Division of Physiotherapy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Gubela Mji, Division of Physiotherapy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Nondwe Mlenzana, Physiotherapy Department, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Conran Joseph, Karolinski Health Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
Sue Stathum, Division of Physiotherapy, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Anthea Rhoda, Physiotherapy Department, University of the Western Cape, South Africa



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