Negotiating the transition from acute hospital care to home: perspectives of patients with traumatic brain injury, caregivers and healthcare providers

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Purpose: The purpose is to explore experiences transitioning home from acute hospital care from perspectives of younger traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, family caregivers and healthcare providers (HCPs). Design/methodology/approach: The authors conducted 54 qualitative interviews (N = 36: 12 patients, 8 caregivers, 16 HCPs) and analyzed data using conventional content analysis. Findings: The transition from hospital to home was described as a negotiation, finding a way through these obstacles: (1) preparing for discharge home during acute hospital care; (2) navigating transitions in healthcare and health; (3) addressing recovery concerns, and (4) setting goals to return to normal. Factors influencing the negotiation process included social support, health-related knowledge or training, coping mechanisms, financial stability, and home environment stability. Originality/value: Younger TBI patients and caregivers have unique needs during the transition home from the hospital. Needed support from HCPs was inconsistently provided. Findings are foundational for integrated care research and practice with TBI.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Oyesanya, TO; Harris Walker, G; Loflin, C; Prvu Bettger, J

Published Date

  • January 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 414 - 424

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1476-9018

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1108/JICA-04-2021-0023

Citation Source

  • Scopus