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Tolu O. Oyesanya, Gabrielle Harris Walker, Callan Loflin and Janet Prvu Bettger
The purpose is to explore experiences transitioning home from acute hospital care from perspectives of younger traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients, family caregivers and…
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).
The authors conducted 54 qualitative interviews (N = 36: 12 patients, 8 caregivers, 16 HCPs) and analyzed data using conventional content analysis.
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.
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.