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Why do some people who had a stroke not receive the recommended 45 min of occupational therapy and physiotherapy? A Delphi study.

Clark, B., Truman, J., Whitall, J., Hughes, A-M., Turk, R. and Burridge, J., 2023. Why do some people who had a stroke not receive the recommended 45 min of occupational therapy and physiotherapy? A Delphi study. BMJ Open, 13 (11), e072276.

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DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2023-072276


Objectives To gain a consensus among therapists for reasons why a person who had a stroke may not receive the Royal College of Physicians’ recommended minimum of 45min of daily therapy. Design Three-round remote e-Delphi study. Setting National study, based in the UK. Participants Occupational therapists and physiotherapists with experience of delivering therapy after stroke and awareness of the 45 min guideline. Results Forty-five therapists consented to participate in the study. Thirty-five (78%) completed round one, 29 of 35 (83%) completed round 2 and 26 of 29 (90%) completed round three. A consensus (75%) was reached for 32 statements. Reasons why a person may not receive 45min were related to the suitability of the guideline for the individual (based on factors like therapy tolerance or medical status) or the capability of the service to provide the intervention. In addition to the statements for which there was a consensus, 32 concepts did not reach a consensus. Specifically, there was a lack of consensus concerning the suitability of the guideline for people receiving Early Supported Discharge (ESD) services and a lack of agreement about whether people who need more than 45min of therapy actually receive it. Conclusion Some people do not receive 45min of therapy as they are considered unsuitable for it and some do not receive it due to services’ inability to provide it. It is unclear which reasons for guideline non-achievement are most common. Future research should focus on why the guideline is not achieved in ESD, and why people who require more than 45min may not receive it. This could contribute to practical guidance for therapists to optimise therapy delivery for people after stroke.

Item Type:Article
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:39198
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:01 Dec 2023 12:08
Last Modified:01 Dec 2023 12:08


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