In our study, however, participants with stroke did not differ in their views when compared to participants with orthopaedic or other conditions. Participants with stroke were mostly happy with the amount of therapy and equally as likely to want more physiotherapy as patients with orthopaedic or other conditions. Another possible reason that results differ is that participants in our study were Dorsomorphin still receiving physiotherapy at the time the interviews were conducted and were not reflecting back after therapy had finished. Participants in our study said they were happy to let their physiotherapists decide how much therapy they received and reported that they trusted
their therapists as experts and had faith that they would do what was best for check details them. This may be indicative of our sample of older adults who are of the generation who
simply believe that ‘doctor knows best’ (Hovenga and Kidd 2010) in contrast to younger patients who may be less accepting of authority. Some participants who received Monday to Friday therapy were happy with the amount of physiotherapy because they feared they would not be able to cope with any more due to fatigue. Participants who received Saturday physiotherapy were more likely to advocate for even more intensive therapy, possibly due to the fact that they knew they could manage the additional physiotherapy without negative consequences and they had different
expectations of what weekends in rehabilitation should comprise. Quantitative data from an independent group of patients in the same setting (Peiris et al 2012) found those who received extra Saturday therapy were more active over the entire weekend (including Sunday when no therapy was received) than those who did not receive Saturday therapy. This supports the notion that patients who received enough Monday to Friday physiotherapy felt it was important to rest on the weekend while those who received extra Saturday therapy had the expectation to keep working on their rehabilitation goals throughout the weekend. Boredom is a common complaint in hospitalised adults (Clissett 2001) and it emerged as a sub-theme in how the participants experienced physiotherapy. Quantitative results (Peiris et al 2012) confirmed that patients were most active during therapy (where patients reported that interacting with others was enjoyable and motivational) and were sedentary outside of therapy (where patients reported boredom). Additional Saturday physiotherapy extended therapy time and helped ease boredom on the weekend. Following cardiovascular surgery patients reported higher satisfaction levels when receiving weekend physiotherapy as they felt they had more time to communicate with their therapists (van der Peijl et al 2004).