A group concept mapping and ethnographic study of intensive care rehabilitation culture: study protocol

Clare Wade*, Jason Scott, John Saxton, Katherine Baker, Lisa Robinson, Nicola Adams, Stephen E Wright

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Background: Early physical activity and physical rehabilitation are advocated in the critical care unit for patients recovering from critical illness. Despite this, there are still many factors associated with implementation of early physical rehabilitation into routine critical care and practice. One such factor that has been consistently identified is unit culture, yet there is little understanding of how or why the culture of a critical care unit impacts on implementation of early rehabilitation. Aim: To develop a detailed understanding of the cultural barriers and enablers to the promotion and implementation of physical activity and early mobilization in National Health Service (NHS) critical care units in the United Kingdom (UK). Study Design: A mixed-methods, two-phase study incorporating online group concept mapping (GCM) and ethnography. GCM will be conducted to provide a multistakeholder co-authored conceptual framework of rehabilitation culture. Ethnographic observations and interviews will be conducted of culture and behaviours in relation to the implementation and promotion of early physical activity and rehabilitation in two NHS critical care units in the North East of England. Relevance to Clinical Practice: This study will provide a detailed understanding of barriers and facilitators in relation to providing a positive rehabilitation culture in the critical care unit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalNursing in critical care
Early online date23 May 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 May 2023

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