Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Dr. Bert Chesworth

Second Advisor

Dr. Dorothy Forbes


As the population ages, hip fractures become a major concern for older adults. Using an ethnographic approach, this research aimed to understand first, the role of family caregivers following a hip fracture, and secondly, to determine caregiver needs and what contributions they make to knowledge exchange. This was achieved by conducting in-depth interviews with eleven patients, eight family caregivers and twenty-two healthcare providers. The study took place in a small rural setting in south-western Ontario. Thematic analysis of the data indicated that family caregivers play a vital role in the rehabilitation journey of patients with a hip fracture. As well, family caregivers make an important contribution to knowledge exchange during transitions between care settings by providing valuable information about the patient. Future research needs to examine more closely how these contributions to knowledge exchange create smoother transitions. Going forward, healthcare providers and family caregivers should focus on co­ creating knowledge and working together to benefit the patient.



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