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Consenting on Principles of Rehabilitation Nursing Care

A Delphi Study

Suter-Riederer, Susanne, MScN, RN1,2; Mahrer Imhof, Romy, PhD, RN3; Gabriel, Claudia, RN4; Kesselring, Jürg, MD, FRCP5; Schnepp, Wilfried, PhD, RN2; Imhof, Lorenz, PhD, RN3

doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000111

Purpose Patient-centeredness, evidence-based interventions, and interdisciplinary teamwork have been described as key in neurological rehabilitation nursing. In order to develop future action plans, a group of Swiss rehabilitation nurses sought agreement on concrete principles that led the efforts to develop a common understanding of rehabilitation nursing care in Switzerland.

Design A three-round Delphi study was conducted.

Methods Literature-based statements were formulated and sent out twice to 54 rehabilitation nursing stakeholders. In the third round, the participants ranked the three most important statements out of 13.

Findings Highest priority reached the statements: Rehabilitation nursing care (1) considers the uniqueness of the patients and their family, (2) offers support that promises the greatest potential for patients and their family, and (3) uses evidence-based knowledge.

Conclusion Statements on patient- and family-centeredness were ranked highest. Patients and families’ preferences have to be considered as much as evidence-based knowledge and interventions to support patients and family.

Clinical Relevance The study supported the discussion on action plans and enlivened new services and nursing interventions in a Swiss nursing community.

1 Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur, Switzerland

2 University of Witten/Herdecke, Witten, Germany

3 Nursing Science & Care GmbH, Winterthur, Switzerland

4 Luzerner Kantonsspital, Lucerne, Switzerland

5 Clinics of Valens, Valens, Switzerland

Correspondence: Susanne Suter-Riederer, MScN, RN, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Technikumstrasse 81, 8401 Winterthur, Switzerland. E-mail:

The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.

Cite this article as: Suter-Riederer, S., Mahrer Imhof, R., Gabriel, C., Kesselring, J., Schnepp, W., & Imhof, L. (2018). Consenting on principles of rehabilitation nursing care: a delphi study. Rehabilitation Nursing, 43(6), E35–E41. doi: 10.1097/rnj.0000000000000111

© 2018 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.
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