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​English | Michelle Chiang receives Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore- RRG3 grant

Published on: 31-Oct-2019

​Assistant Professor Michelle Chiang (NTU English) was awarded the RRIS (Rehabilitation Research Institute of Singapore) RRG3 grant for her research.


Her project, titled “The Healthcare Worker's Journey of Care and Recovery: A qualitative study on the lived experience of supporting stroke patients in Singapore's rehabilitation unit,” involves collaboration with an Advanced Practice Nurse from Tan Tock Seng Hospital. It is part of a larger RRG3 Psychosocial Stroke Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Research Programme helmed by Associate Professor Andy Ho of NTU School of Social Sciences.


The Healthcare Worker’s Journey of Care and Recovery: A Qualitative Study on the Lived Experience of Supporting Stroke Patients in Singapore’s Rehabilitation Unit

“It has days when you think I’m gonna look for another job tomorrow [laughs] yeah… but there can’t be anything more rewarding than this… but it can also be devastating. (Clare)”1 Beyond official descriptions of roles and responsibilities, this articulation reveals the unique clinical experiences and psychosocial concerns of a healthcare worker (HCW) of an acute stroke unit. Lived reality is often much more complex than system guidelines. Led by Technical Principal Investigator - Assistant Professor Michelle Chiang (SoH-English) and Clinical Principal Investigator - Advance Practice Nurse Audrey Wong (Tan Tock Seng Hospital), this project aims to advance our understanding of the professional caregiving experiences of stroke rehabilitation in Singapore. The expected findings will help illustrate a clearer picture of the needs and concerns of HCWs throughout the stroke care continuum and consider how to better support their work across different care settings. This will in turn translate to enhanced quality of care and improved care outcomes for stroke patients. The interdisciplinary qualitative study will collect HCW’s narratives elicited from semi-structured in-depth interview and analyse them with a combination of deductive analysis (from pre-set aims and objectives), inductive analysis (arising from participant’s view) and critical analysis (also known as close reading). This project is part of a bigger RRG3 Psychosocial Stoke Rehabilitation and Quality of Life Research Programme helmed by Associate Professor Andy Ho (SSS-Psychology). Together with two other interrelated projects, namely, ‘A Longitudinal Mixed Method Study on the Psychosocial QoL Trajectories of First Time Stoke Patients and their Family Caregivers in Singapore’, and ‘Identifying Care Needs and Measuring Longitudinal Outcomes for Acute and Chronic Stroke Patients’, the RRG3 programme aspires to develop an psycho-ecological framework on the trajectories of stroke recovery and rehabilitation in local and regional contexts.


1 Qtd in K. M. Suddick et al, ‘The acute stroke unit as a meaningful space: The lived experience of healthcare practitioners.’ Health and Place 57 (2019): 12-21 (16)


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