1000 reps a day - the use of strategies to increase intensity of practice in rehabilitation

S. Dorsch, K. Scrivener, K. Schurr

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    Background: To optimise outcomes after stroke large amounts of practice
    are required. In fact hundreds of repetitions per day may be essential.
    However, stroke survivors in rehabilitation spend the majority of their
    day inactive and only a small part of their day engaged in active practice.
    Therapists can increase the opportunities available to stroke survivors to
    practice in several ways including; encouraging stroke survivors to spend
    large parts of the day in the therapy area while the therapists assist
    several stroke survivors at any one time, running classes and groups
    and involving families in therapy.
    Aims: To quantify therapists’ current use of strategies that have the potential
    to increase opportunities for stroke survivors in rehabilitation to do
    intensive practice.
    Methods: A survey of physiotherapists and occupational therapists working
    in rehabilitation units in Australia was undertaken. The survey contained
    questions about the delivery of services in their workplace.
    Results: The survey was responded to by 214 therapists working in
    rehabilitation. The majority of therapists (58%) work with one stroke
    survivor at a time, with those stroke survivors spending less than one
    hour a day in the therapy area. The majority of therapists (67%) do not
    routinely involve families in practice. A small proportion of therapists
    (11%) run classes and groups daily. The majority of therapists (77%)
    report that stroke survivors are completing less than 100 repetitions
    of practice per day.
    Conclusion: Therapists are not routinely using strategies to increase the
    opportunities provided to stroke survivors to practice intensively in
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)25
    Number of pages1
    JournalInternational Journal of Stroke
    Issue numberSuppl. 1
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2016
    EventSmart Strokes (2016) - Canberra, ACT, Australia
    Duration: 25 Aug 201626 Aug 2016


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