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Disabil Rehabil. 2000 Mar 10;22(4):181-6.

Time use of stroke patients in an intensive rehabilitation unit: a comparison between a Belgian and a Swiss setting.

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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy, University of Leuven, Belgium. willy.deweerdt@flok.kuleuven.ac.be

Abstract

PURPOSE:

Functional improvement after stroke has been related to the intensity of treatment. The present study was set up to observe how stroke patients spend their time in a rehabilitation unit.

METHOD:

Behavioural mapping was performed throughout a full working day in a Belgian and Swiss stroke unit.

RESULTS:

Patients were most frequently involved in therapeutic activities, 28% of the day in Belgium and 45% in Switzerland. Physiotherapy accounted for the majority of the therapy time. The Belgian patients spent 27% of the day in their own room and Swiss patients 49% of the day. The most striking finding was that the Swiss patients spent nearly 1.5 hours per day more in therapy.

CONCLUSIONS:

Differences between the two settings could only partially be explained by more favourable patient-staff ratios in the Swiss setting. Autonomous practice, group therapy sessions and family involvement have to also be considered.

PMID:
10798306
DOI:
10.1080/096382800296872
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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