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Identifying and applying psychological theory to setting and achieving rehabilitation goals: development of a practice framework

Scobbie, Lesley and Wyke, Sally and Dixon, D. (2009) Identifying and applying psychological theory to setting and achieving rehabilitation goals: development of a practice framework. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23 (4). pp. 321-333. ISSN 0269-2155

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Abstract

Goal setting is considered to be a fundamental part of rehabilitation; however, theories of behaviour change relevant to goal-setting practice have not been comprehensively reviewed. To identify and discuss specific theories of behaviour change relevant to goal-setting practice in the rehabilitation setting. (ii) To identify 'candidate' theories that that offer most potential to inform clinical practice. The rehabilitation and self-management literature was systematically searched to identify review papers or empirical studies that proposed a specific theory of behaviour change relevant to setting and/or achieving goals in a clinical context. Data from included papers were extracted under the headings of: key constructs, clinical application and empirical support. Twenty-four papers were included in the review which proposed a total of five theories: (i) social cognitive theory, (ii) goal setting theory, (iii) health action process approach, (iv) proactive coping theory, and (v) the self-regulatory model of illness behaviour. The first three of these theories demonstrated most potential to inform clinical practice, on the basis of their capacity to inform interventions that resulted in improved patient outcomes. Social cognitive theory, goal setting theory and the health action process approach are theories of behaviour change that can inform clinicians in the process of setting and achieving goals in the rehabilitation setting. Overlapping constructs within these theories have been identified, and can be applied in clinical practice through the development and evaluation of a goal-setting practice framework.

Item type: Article
ID code: 20128
Keywords: psychological theory, rehabilitation goals, practice framework, rehabilitation, Psychology, Rehabilitation, Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
Depositing user: Mr Alan Slevin
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 12:55
Last modified: 23 Jul 2015 11:51
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/20128

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