“It Was Definitely an Eye-Opener to Me”—People with Disabilities’ and Health Professionals’ Perceptions on Combining Traditional Indoor Rehabilitation Practice with an Urban Green Rehabilitation Context

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Research points to the health benefits of rehabilitation in urban green spaces. Nevertheless,
more studies indicate complexity of utilising urban green spaces in an established health system
context. An understanding of challenges related to rehabilitation in urban green spaces remains
unaddressed. Therefore, the aim was to describe and analyse people with disabilities’ and health
professionals’ perceptions on combining traditional indoor rehabilitation practice with an urban
green rehabilitation context. The interpretive description methodology was applied supplemented
by Edgar Schein’s Model of Organisational Culture. Three online focus group interviews were
conducted with people with disabilities (n = 4) and health professionals (n = 10). Three interrelated
themes formed an understanding of rehabilitation practice in an urban green rehabilitation context:
“ambivalence due to contextual change”, “negotiating rehabilitation assumptions” and “expanding
the frame of rehabilitation”. Expanding the frame of rehabilitation to an urban green context may
provide a basis for enhancing compatibility to everyday life for people with disabilities and still
accommodate structural quality standards of professional rehabilitation practice.
Original languageEnglish
Article number5994
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Number of pages15
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2021

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