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Current clinical practices in stroke rehabilitation: Regional pilot survey

Pradeep Natarajan, PhD, et al.

Figure. Number of therapists who learned each treatment method in their school education, and number of therapists who are using each treatment method in their practice.

The stroke rehabilitation methods adopted by therapists vary widely depending on their background knowledge, clinical experience, clinical skills, and personal preferences. This research was aimed at understanding the current physical and occupational therapy practices in stroke rehabilitation in the Midwest. The survey conducted among 107 clinicians in Kansas and Missouri shows that the majority agree on different treatment approaches in issues dealing with muscle tone, weakness, and limited range of motion in stroke rehabilitation. The data from this survey emphasize the need for continuing education of clinicians in effective treatment methods. The uncertainty among clinicians revealed in some sections of the survey shows that more evidence of clinical approaches is needed to ensure efficacious treatments.


Volume 45 Number 6, 2008
   Pages 841 — 850


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