Embedding Socio-Behavioral Frameworks in Community Rehabilitation: Evaluation of a Service Change Program
Sarah Patterson, Hannah McGhee & Pim Kuipers
Background: Paradigms which emphasize the social determinants of health and client self-management, and approaches which promote health behavior change, are rarely operationalized within rehabilitation settings. The aim of this study was to investigate the processes required for this model of care change within an existing allied health community rehabilitation service.
Methods: The service change program consisted of training elements in the areas of the social determinants of health, client self-management and health behavior change techniques as well as associated operational changes to reflect this paradigm shift.
Results: The training packages implemented appear to have improved staff knowledge and skills within these socio-behavioral areas. Clinicians self-reported improvement with client care; however, these changes were not reflected in the chart audit.
Conclusions: Clinician training is required to build both knowledge and skills in the areas of the social determinants of health, client self-management and health behavior change principles. In addition, clinicians should be equipped with frameworks to assist with operationalizing these principles.