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An Evaluative Study of Services Provided in Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres in Jordan

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Wesam B Darawsheh

Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, the University of Jordan, JO
About Wesam B

Wesam B. Darawsheh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Jordan. She is qualified occupational therapist with experience of working in the UK and Jordan. She has a particular interest in contemporary issues such as technology, refugeeism, and cultures and their effect on education, and development. She also has an interest in Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR), occupational health in dysphagia conditions and occupational voice disorders.

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Abstract

Purpose: This research study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of the services provided by CBR programmes in Jordan.

Method: This was a mixed-methods investigation. A survey was carried out with 47 participants (stakeholders and volunteers) from four CBR centres in Jordan. It comprised 18 questions that collected both qualitative and quantitative data with both closed- and open-ended questions. The quantitative data was analysed using SPSS Version 22.0. Qualitative data was analysed through thematic content analysis and open coding to identify emergent themes.

Results:  40.4% of the participants evaluated the effectiveness of CBR services as low. This mainly stemmed from the lack of efforts to increase the local community’s knowledge about CBR, disability and the role of CBR programmes towards people with disabilities.

Conclusions: A proposal was offered concerning the priorities of CBR programmes in Jordan. Efforts need to be directed at promoting livelihood and empowerment components in order to actualise the principles of CBR, mainly by promoting multispectral collaboration as a way of operation.

Implications: This study was inclusive of all types of disability.  Barriers to the effectiveness of services may stem from accessibility issues to the families of persons with disabilities (hard to reach) or from CBR services themselves (hard to access). The culturally specific evaluative tool in this study was of “good” specificity and sensitivity, this evaluative instrument can be transferrable to measure the impact of CBR programmes in other settings. 

How to Cite: Darawsheh, W.B., 2018. An Evaluative Study of Services Provided in Community-Based Rehabilitation Centres in Jordan. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 28(4), pp.5–25. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v28i4.641
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Published on 16 Mar 2018.

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