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Users’ experience of community-based power assisted exercise: a transition from NHS to third sector services

Young, R, Broom, D, O’Brien, R, Sage, K ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7365-5177 and Smith, C (2021) Users’ experience of community-based power assisted exercise: a transition from NHS to third sector services. International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 16 (1). ISSN 1748-2623

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Abstract

Purpose: Seated Power Assisted Exercise (PAE) equipment is an accessible exercise mode for people with limited mobility following stroke and is available at a small number of community-based venues. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the lived experience of using PAE amongst PwS in a community venue and identify recommendations for the development and advancement of PAE equipment. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 8 participants (PwS) attending a community stroke venue where PAE equipment was available. Transcribed data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Three overarching themes emerged from the analysis; 1) Don’t tell me I’ve plateaued; 2) PAE facilitates the transition into long-term recovery; 3) Reframing the experience of stroke. Participants associated the uptake of PAE alongside venue membership as a turning point in their adjustment to life following stroke. In addition, recommendations for future development of the equipment were identified. Conclusion: These findings indicate that membership of a stroke venue alongside engagement with PAE facilitated transition from early stroke rehabilitation into longer term recovery. The results of this study have informed the need for future product design and highlighted PAE is an effective mode for continued rehabilitation in third-sector services.

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