Project "Meaningful goals in rehabilitation" has started

April 1st, 2018, the project ‘Setting meaningful goals in rehabilitation’ started. The project is funded by the VU Association and the Foundation for the Promotion of Rehabilitation Care. The project is executed in collaboration with VUmc, Reade, and HAN University of Applied Sciences.

Goal setting is a core component of the rehabilitation process. Personal goals provide direction and purpose for rehabilitation. However, rehabilitation clinicians as well as clients indicate that it is difficult to formulate goals that are personally engaging and meaningful to the client. We have studied global meaning in clients in rehabilitation. Global meaning refers to global beliefs and life goals regarding core values, relationships, worldview, identity and inner posture. We assume that global meaning can help clients in dialog with rehabilitation clinicians to formulate goals that are personally engaging and meaningful to them. This project aims (i) to develop a tool to support clients and clinicians in setting meaningful goals in rehabilitation; and (ii) to provide a preliminary evaluation of this tool, using qualitative research methods. In this way we expect to foster clients’ motivation for rehabilitation.

Contacts: Suzan Doodeman (s.doodeman@vumc.nl) and Elsbeth Littooij (e.littooij@reade.nl)