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Lay summary: Which stroke patients are deemed suitable for physiotherapy in hospital?

This study aimed to investigate which factors are associated with stroke patients being deemed suitable for physiotherapy in hospital. SSNAP data from April 2013 – March 2017 (306,078 patients) were analysed, 82.5% of patients were deemed suitable for physiotherapy.

The following groups of patients were more likely to receive more intensive physiotherapy after their stroke:
  • Younger patients
  • Male patients
  • Patients who had less disability before their stroke
  • Patients who had less severe strokes
  • Patients who received a blood-clot dissolving drug
  • Patients who had fewer medical complications after their stroke
  • Patients who had ischaemic strokes (caused by a blockage to the brain’s blood supply) were more likely to receive more intensive physiotherapy than patients who had a haemorrhagic stroke (caused by bleeding in or around the brain).
Furthermore, patients who were admitted to hospitals with more access to Early Supported Discharge (ESD) were more likely to be deemed suitable for physiotherapy. ESD is the discharge of a stroke patient from hospital to their own home, co-ordinated by a team of therapists, nurses and a doctor. Specialist stroke rehabilitation is then provided in the patient’s own home. 
 
Physiotherapists should be aware of the factors that are associated with physiotherapy provision to stroke patients and should take these factors into account when planning and delivering physiotherapy.




About the poster:
Paper title: 'Physiotherapy provision to hospitalised stroke patients: Analysis from the UK Sentinel Stroke National Audit Programme' 
Year published: 2019
Authors: Mark P McGLinchey, Lizz Paley, Alex Hoffman, Abdel Douiri, and Anthony G Rudd on behalf of the SSNAP Collaboration.

You can view the full article here.
 
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