The Journal of Japan Academy of Health Sciences
Online ISSN : 2433-3018
Print ISSN : 1880-0211
ISSN-L : 1880-0211
Opportunities for patients to focus on their lives : Based on interviews with patients admitted to a convalescent ward
Sayaka IwakamiMotoko Sugihara
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2014 Volume 17 Issue 3 Pages 151-158


This study aimed to investigate opportunities for patients with cerebrovascular disorders, who were admitted to a convalescent ward, to start focusing on their everyday lives. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 3 patients, who were considered to have had focused on their everyday lives during hospitalization and currently live in their homes, and the obtained data were analyzed. The following 5 factors common among the 3 patients were obtained as the results of analysis: "The opportunity for them to reacknowledge their responsibilities in their everyday lives" and "housekeeping activities in occupational therapy" as factors that helped them focus on their lives, and "having had a specific responsibility before they became ill", "a positive way of thinking", and "positive attitude to make use of their disease experience in their later lives" as background factors that helped to generate the above 2 factors. The results suggest that the use of previous responsibilities and habitual activities of each patient in occupational therapy can help them focus on their everyday lives. Skills to obtain information on patients' everyday lives are needed.

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