Treatment approaches for clients with a stroke-affected upper limb: Are we following evidence-based practice?

Gustafsson, L. and McKenna, K. T. (2003) Treatment approaches for clients with a stroke-affected upper limb: Are we following evidence-based practice?. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 50 4: 205-215. doi:10.1046/j.1440-1630.2003.00395.x


Author Gustafsson, L.
McKenna, K. T.
Title Treatment approaches for clients with a stroke-affected upper limb: Are we following evidence-based practice?
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
Publication date 2003-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1046/j.1440-1630.2003.00395.x
Volume 50
Issue 4
Start page 205
End page 215
Total pages 11
Editor Esther May
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell Science
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Abstract Stroke rehabilitation is an area of practice that many occupational therapists encounter during their career. The literature promotes a wide range of management techniques and support devices for people who have a stroke-affected upper limb, but little is known about the validity of those that occupational therapists actually use in practice. A questionnaire was sent to occupational therapists working in Queensland and northern New South Wales facilities (n = 35), in which adults with a stroke were likely to be treated. Eighteen respondents answered questions about the management techniques and support devices used in their facility, and their perception of the benefit of these devices in the reduction of hemiplegic shoulder pain. Results are discussed with reference to evidence-based practice and indicate an urgent need for the collation and dissemination of the best current evidence available for the management techniques and support devices used in this area, as well as further research to extend this evidence.
Keyword evidence-based practice
stroke
support devices
upper limb
Q-Index Code C1

 
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