Physical and Occupational Therapy in the Acute and Community Settings Following Stroke: Are Patients Getting the Care They Need?

Authors: Anna Johnson, PhD, MSPH | Dongmei Li, MS | Erin Fraher, PhD, MPP | Janet Freburger, PT, PhD

Topics: Allied Health, Workforce Supply

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

April 4, 2016

Stroke survivors who are given early contact with a physical and/or occupational therapist following their stroke improves their outcomes for recovery. The majority of stroke survivors are discharged home following an acute care admission. Understanding the care pathway from the acute to community setting and continuity of therapy across settings is extremely important to the survivors’ recovery.

This brief assesses the use of physical and occupational therapists in acute and community settings for discharged stroke patients and identifies contextual factors that impact therapist use.

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