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What do acute stroke physiotherapists do to treat postural control and mobility? An exploration of the content of therapy in the UK

Tyson, S. F., Connell, L., Busse, Monica and Lennon, S. 2009. What do acute stroke physiotherapists do to treat postural control and mobility? An exploration of the content of therapy in the UK. Clinical Rehabilitation 23 (11) , pp. 1051-1055. 10.1177/0269215509334837

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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 (n¼1258, 53%) with exercise (n¼115, 5%), teaching others how to help the patient (n¼99, 4%) and provision of equipment (n¼63, 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
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0269-2155
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 02:57
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/14452

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