A Training Needs Assessment of Community Based Rehabilitation Facilitators for the Elderly Population in Rural India
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Community based rehabilitation (CBR) is a common rehabilitation strategy used in developing countries with a large population and limited resources. CBR facilitators, those persons providing day to day health care services to individuals in the community, are an essential part of a CBR program. The purpose of the study was (a) to identify the training needs of the CBR facilitators and (b) to determine if the training addressed the needs of the elderly in Lalgola (West Bengal, India). Qualitative methods and a modified participatory action research were used to collect data from 15 CBR facilitators and 1 administrator. Data collection methods included document review, observation, interviews, and focus group. Content analysis of the data resulted in four over-arching themes: Diverse Needs, Good Intent, Bumpy Roads, and Future Strategies. Implications for future training and research are also discussed.