Users’ experience of community-based power assisted exercise: a transition from NHS to third sector services

Rachel Young, David Broom, Rachel O’Brien, Karen Sage, Christine Smith

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    Purpose: Seated Power Assisted Exercise (PAE) equipment is an accessible exercise mode for people with limited mobility following stroke and is available at a small number of community-based venues. The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand the lived experience of using PAE amongst PwS in a community venue and identify recommendations for the development and advancement of PAE equipment. Method: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 8 participants (PwS) attending a community stroke venue where PAE equipment was available. Transcribed data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results: Three overarching themes emerged from the analysis; 1) Don’t tell me I’ve plateaued; 2) PAE facilitates the transition into long-term recovery; 3) Reframing the experience of stroke. Participants associated the uptake of PAE alongside venue membership as a turning point in their adjustment to life following stroke. In addition, recommendations for future development of the equipment were identified. Conclusion: These findings indicate that membership of a stroke venue alongside engagement with PAE facilitated transition from early stroke rehabilitation into longer term recovery. The results of this study have informed the need for future product design and highlighted PAE is an effective mode for continued rehabilitation in third-sector services.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number1949899
    JournalInternational Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
    Issue number1
    Early online date12 Jul 2021
    Publication statusPublished - 2021

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    No funding was accessed to undertake the work published in this manuscript. The lead investigator would like to thank the manager of the venue in which the interviews were based for support with participant recruitment and allocation of space to conduct the interviews.

    Publisher Copyright:
    © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


    • assisted exercise
    • community-based venue
    • interview
    • phenomenology
    • qualitative
    • Stroke

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Issues, ethics and legal aspects
    • Gerontology
    • Fundamentals and skills
    • Health Policy


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