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Title: Use of time by physiotherapists and occupational therapists in a stroke rehabilitation unit: a comparison between four European rehabilitation centres
Authors: Putman, Koen ×
De Wit, Liesbet
Schupp, Wilfried
Ilse, Baert
Berman, Peter
Connell, Louise
Dejaeger, Eddy
De Meyer, Anna Maria
De Weerdt, Willy
Feys, Hilde
Walter, Jenni
Lincoln, Nadina
Louckx, Fred
Anneleen, Martens
Birgit, Schuback
Smith, Bozena
Leys, Mark #
Issue Date: Nov-2006
Series Title: Disability and rehabilitation vol:28 issue:22 pages:1417-24
Abstract: PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to compare the time allocated to therapeutic activities (TA) and non-therapeutic activities (NTA) of physiotherapists (PT) and occupational therapists (OT) in stroke rehabilitation units in four European countries. METHOD: Therapists documented their activities in 15-min periods for two weeks. They recorded: activity, number of patients, number of stroke patients, involvement of other people, location and frequency of each activity. Kruskal-Wallis tests and negative binomial regression models were used to compare activities between professional groups and between units. RESULTS: The average proportion of TA per day ranged between 32.9% and 66.1% and was higher for PT than for OT in each unit. For OT, significant differences emerged between the units in the proportion of time allocated to TA compared to NTA with British OTs spending significantly less time in TA. In the Belgian unit, three times less time was spent on patient-related co-ordination activities (e.g., administration, ward rounds) compared to the British and Swiss units. CONCLUSIONS: Time allocation differed between PT and OT and between units, affecting the time available for TA. Further investigation is necessary to study the effect of work organization in stroke rehabilitation units on the efficiency of rehabilitation regimes.
ISSN: 0963-8288
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Research Group for Neuromotor Rehabilitation
Gerontology and Geriatrics
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