Physiotherapists Working with Stroke Patients

This study sought to develop an insight into the
existing profile of physiotherapists working with stroke patients in
the United Kingdom. Its focus was on demography, approach to
treatment, conflict with other professionals and assumptions or
beliefs surrounding intervention.
A total of 1,667 questionnaires were distributed to 262 hospitals
and health centres in the UK. Of these, 1,078 were returned
(representing a 64.67% return rate). A total of 973 were analysed
(representing an effective return rate for the purposes of analysis
of 58.36%). The research focused on senior I and senior II
physiotherapists, although junior physiotherapists with at least one
year’s experience were included.
The analysis revealed that stroke patients were treated across
many locations, the most frequent locations being the community,
medical wards, elderly wards and stroke units. Information
regarding age, sex, designation and geographical location of
respondents is included as are details of approach followed.
Examination of the results showed a great deal of variation in the
beliefs held by physiotherapists about treatment of stroke patients,
despite the strong similarities in stated approach. The analysis also
revealed the extent to which physiotherapists are in conflict with
other professionals (namely doctors and nurses) about delaying
walking with patients and their early discharge.

 

Physiotherapists Working with Stroke Patients

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