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Qualitative study - other
Nurse education needed to address uncertainties of role and contribution in stroke rehabilitation units
  1. Maggie Lawrence1,
  2. Linda Campbell2
  1. 1 Department of Nursing and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK
  2. 2 Stroke Unit, Raigmore Hospital, NHS Highland, Inverness, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Maggie Lawrence, Department of Nursing and Community Health, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow G4 0BA, UK; maggie.lawrence{at}

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Commentary on: Loft MI, Poulsen I, Esbensen BA, et al. Nurses’ and nurse assistants’ beliefs, attitudes and actions related to role and function in an inpatient stroke rehabilitation unit: a qualitative study. J Clin Nurs 2017;26:4905–14.

Implications for practice and research

  • Successful completion of a specialist education package should be a prerequisite for stroke unit staff induction programmes.

  • Similar studies in other locations and contexts are required to fully understand the contribution of the nurses’ role to stroke rehabilitation.


Nurses and nurse assistants are key members of the multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation team, being with the patient and working with them and their relatives continuously throughout their inpatient stay. However, nurses struggle to define their role and contribution in this context. Loft and colleague’s study,1 located in a small (15 beds) but well-staffed dedicated stroke rehabilitation unit (37 staff, with high levels of experience and seniority), aimed to explore …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.