Functional deficits such as gait speed, muscle strength or reduced activities in daily living after discharge are predictors for hospital readmission for older adults with hip fractures. However, physiotherapists (PTs) who are inherently mobility experts, do not actively participate during the hospital-to-home transition of older adults with hip fractures in the developing countries, including Nigeria. This qualitative study aims to describe and explore how PTs working within inpatient rehabilitation units prepare older adults ( 60 years) with a hip fracture for transfer to their home in the community.
We will adopt Sally Thorne's Interpretive Description approach to purposively select 25 PTs with 5-years’ experience of participating in discharging older adults with hip fractures from inpatient rehabilitation-to-home. Data collection will include (a) semi-structured, one-on-one interviews with PTs, (b) discharge summaries of two older adults, and (c) final focus group discussion with PTs. We will ask the physiotherapists to provide discharge summaries of two older adults - one that they described as a "difficult" case and one that they described as an "easy" case during inpatient rehabilitation-to-home transition. Data will be analyzed employing Sally Thorne's "borrowing techniques"- content and thematic analysis for the patients' discharge summaries and PT interviews, respectively.
- health transition
- qualitative inquiry