Navigating a Middle Ground: Exploring Health Professionals' Experiences and Perceptions of Providing Rehabilitation in Outdoor Community Settings

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Contemporary practice has started to rethink use of outdoor and community environments for advancing comprehensive rehabilitation outcomes. The aim is to examine health professionals' experiences and perceptions of providing rehabilitation in outdoor community settings. The purpose is to use these experiences to generate practice-based knowledge in using the outdoors as a means to guide community-based rehabilitation. The Interpretive Description methodology was accompanied by social practice theory. Fieldwork was conducted utilizing participant observation, photovoice, and focus-group interviews. Included were 27 health professionals. The analysis revealed how "naturalistic learning opportunities" offered health professionals strategies to empower activity and participation levels and yet invoked "rehabilitation setting tensions." A continuum was engaged in the theme "navigating a middle ground," representing an integrated environment approach; rehabilitation in conventional indoor and outdoor community settings. Development of a sustainable concept for outdoor community-based rehabilitation involves strengthening health professionals' competencies and skills for providing outdoor and community work.

Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Health Research
Pages (from-to)41-53
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020

    Research areas

  • rehabilitation, health professionals, community-based rehabilitation, outdoor settings, photovoice, interpretive description, qualitative methods, Denmark, PHOTOVOICE, REFLECTIONS, ETHICS, STRESS, PEOPLE

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