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Older patients undergoing rehabilitation value nursing relationship

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Older patients undergoing rehabilitation value the relationship they build with nurses more than any specific role they perform, according to a small study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Older patients undergoing rehabilitation value the relationship they build with nurses more than any specific role they perform, according to a small study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing.

New Zealand researchers from Otago University interviewed seven patients, aged 72–89, in an inpatient rehabilitation unit and six relatives.

Nurses seen as “being available” and “attuned” to patients’ individual needs maximized the older person’s motivation to participate in rehabilitation therapy.

 

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