Group physiotherapy programme experiences in older adults

How do they perceive group physiotherapy at a rehabilitation hospital?

Group exercise therapy is often promoted by physiotherapists, especially for older people. Training together appears to be a good way to stimulate patients, while at the same time it provides in social dimension of health. Moreover, it is cost-efficient for therapists and for the health system as a whole.

As part of the patient-centered care approach – a keystone in rehabilitation of older people – it seems essential to be aware of the patient's experience of group physiotherapy.

The aim of the present study was to explore the experiences of older hospitalised patients of group physiotherapy exercises. This allows the collecting of elements that may help in designing programmes in the future. Simultaneously it improves participation, satisfaction and clinical benefits in this population. The results highlighted feelings of satisfaction, enjoyment and gratitude, increased motivation, shared experience and social benefits.


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