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Title: An observational study on physiotherapy care in a stroke rehabilitation unit for patients with mobility deficits.
Epworth Authors: Williams, Gavin
Other Authors: Tole, Genevieve
Clark, Ross
Holland, Anne
Keywords: Rehabilitation
Stroke - Rehabilitation
Physiotherapy (Techniques)
Physical Therapy Modalities
Patient Care
Mobility Limitation
Observational Study
Mobility Deficit
Gait Training
Strength Training
Balance Training
Lower Limb Strength
Physiotherapy Department, Epworth Healthcare, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: Dec-2014
Publisher: Mark Allen Group
Citation: International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation 2014 Dec Vol. 21 Issue 12, p. 585.
Abstract: Aim: To document the range of physiotherapy interventions undertaken by stroke patients with mobility deficits during usual care in inpatient rehabilitation. Methods: Twenty consecutively admitted adults were approached to participate if they met the inclusion criteria: diagnosis of first stroke with leg weakness; functional ambulation category score; able to mobilise 14 metres on level ground; and able to provide consent. All individual physiotherapy sessions for each participant were observed for one day. The duration of each therapy session was recorded, as well as the duration and type of specific physiotherapy interventions. Findings: Twenty participants (12 males, 8 females; mean±SD age: 69±20 years) were observed. All participants attended at least one individual session of physiotherapy on the day this study was conducted. Physiotherapy sessions lasted 47.8±7.6 minutes, with an average of 17.9±6.9 minutes spent resting. The most frequently provided therapies were: gait training (10.8±4.7 minutes per session); strength training (8.5±7.0 minutes per session); and balance training (6.2±3.6 minutes per session). Conclusions: In this sample of ambulant patients following stroke, inpatient physiotherapy rehabilitation focused on gait training, lower limb strengthening and balance training. Active therapy time was low and long rest periods with no prescribed activity were evident, which suggests therapy time is not optimally utilised in this population.
DOI: 10.12968/ijtr.2014.21.12.585
ISSN: 1741-1645
Journal Title: International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation
Type: Journal Article
Affiliated Organisations: Caulfield Hospital and La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
La Trobe University and Alfred Health, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Prospective Observational Study
Appears in Collections:Neurosciences

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