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What do acute stroke physiotherapists do? An exploration of the content of therapy in the UK

Tyson, S, Connell, L, Lennon, S and Busse, M 2009, 'What do acute stroke physiotherapists do? An exploration of the content of therapy in the UK' , Clinical Rehabilitation, 23 (11) , pp. 1051-1055.

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the content of acute stroke physiotherapy to treat postural control and mobility problems. Design: Stroke physiotherapists recorded the interventions used to treat postural control and mobility during treatment sessions. They recorded five sessions for at least five patients each. Descriptive statistics assessed the frequency with which the interventions were used. Setting: Hospital-based acute stroke care. Subjects: Thirty-six acute stroke physiotherapists recorded 2374 interventions in 364 treatment sessions for 76 patients. Main measures: The Stroke Physiotherapy Intervention Recording Tool. Results: Facilitation techniques were the most frequently used interventions (n = 1258, 53%) with exercise (n = 115, 5%), teaching others how to help the patient (n = 99, 4%) and provision of equipment (n = 63, 3%) the least frequently used. Conclusions: Acute stroke physiotherapists primarily use therapist-led ‘hands-on’ interventions to treat postural control and mobility problems. Interventions to promote activity or practice outside the treatment session are infrequently used.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Subjects / Themes > R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Rehabilitation
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0269-2155
Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010 15:59
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:04
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/3274

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