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Raising awareness and knowledge of the neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation using “rehab mantras”: A follow-up evaluation

By Ramos, SDS, McIntosh-Brown, J, Masztalerz, N, & Coetzer, R

In the second rehab mantras study, which was carried out at end of the first edition of the initiative, we conducted an evaluation of its impact on staff knowledge and perceived benefits and limitations.  

To do this, we invited both staff and members of the public to take part in an online quiz to see how much each group knew about the neurobehavioural approach to rehabilitation. We also conducted 5-minute interviews with randomly selected members of staff to get their thoughts on the project.

Our aim was to understand whether the initiative had helped people to know more about the rehabilitation approach used at Brainkind and feel more confident in applying it in their work. 

The results showed that the rehab mantras initiative did help people understand our rehabilitation approach better, but more would need to be done to achieve a clear impact on practice. For example, one person said:

“Definitely helping me to understand what actually happens within the service and what happens within the rehab…”

another person said:

“Will kind of help to engage I think with, not only frontline staff in the services, but also office staff like myself.”

but a third participant reflected

“I think so [the mantras are useful in my practice]. Definitely some more than others, but just maybe because some of them are a bit more memorable. We don’t have them very present around the unit, which maybe we should have more of (…) But I think it might be better if they were instilled in everyone (…) support workers (…) I guess they’re the ones doing every minute.”

This study was presented at the NR-SIG-WFNR Conference in 2023. To view the conference poster click here.

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