Occupational therapy practice in hospital-based stroke rehabilitation?

Gustafsson, Louise, Nugent, Nicole and Biros, Lenka (2012) Occupational therapy practice in hospital-based stroke rehabilitation?. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 19 2: 132-139. doi:10.3109/11038128.2011.562915

Author Gustafsson, Louise
Nugent, Nicole
Biros, Lenka
Title Occupational therapy practice in hospital-based stroke rehabilitation?
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1103-8128
Publication date 2012-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/11038128.2011.562915
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 132
End page 139
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Occupational therapy after stroke represents a complex intervention. Objective: The aim of this observational study was to document the content of occupational therapy stroke rehabilitation in an Australian general rehabilitation ward.

A behavioural mapping tool recorded 22 occupational therapy sessions at five-minute intervals for nine participants with stroke (mean age 70.6 years, 88.9% female).

The mean session length was 41 minutes. The focus of therapy was predominantly at body functions (mean 16.5 minutes) and motor and perceptual impairments were addressed most often.

The overall amount of occupational therapy provided was consistent with session lengths reported from effective stroke units and recommended by stroke guidelines. However, the results highlight the difficulties for occupational therapists working within the hospital environment, including practice that was largely restricted to the level of impairment and basic activities of daily living.
Keyword Behavioural mapping
Occupational therapy stroke rehabilitation
Therapy content
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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