Journal of allied health sciences
Online ISSN : 2185-0399
ISSN-L : 2185-0399
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Exploring Motivation of a Patient with Traction Lesion of the Brachial Plexus Actively Working on Physical Therapy
-A Case Study Based on Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis-
Kazuma KitaKoji IkedaKazumi Nakato
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2019 Volume 10 Issue 2 Pages 79-91


The purpose of this research is to obtain knowledges of promoting a motivation of a patient with disabilities in the prime of his life. The subject is an inpatient (a 40-year-old man) working on physical therapy actively and voluntarily. The method is based on the interpretative phenomenological analysis. We interviewed him about the reasons for his active and voluntary working on physical therapy, and analyzed the data from the perspective of his motivation. The results suggested nine points of view on his motivation: therapy for a limited period of a half year, the presence of family and wife, pride as a man, the ability to change pain into motivation, his relationship to people involved in his hospitalization and so on. We conclude that it is important to take such factors into consideration as therapists' appropriate talking to patients, consideration for their feelings and adaptation to each situation in enhancing patients' motivation.

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