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Type: Journal article
Title: Circuit class therapy and 7-day-week therapy increase physiotherapy time, but not patient activity: early results from the CIRCIT trial
Author: English, C.
Bernhardt, J.
Hillier, S.
Citation: Stroke, 2014; 45(10):3002-3007
Publisher: American Heart Association
Issue Date: 2014
ISSN: 0039-2499
1524-4628
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Coralie English, Julie Bernhardt, Susan Hillier
Abstract: BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The optimum model of physiotherapy service delivery for maximizing active task practice during rehabilitation after stroke is unknown. The purpose of the study was to examine the relative effectiveness of 2 alternative models of physiotherapy service delivery against a usual care control with regard to increasing patient activity. METHODS: Substudy within a large 3-armed randomized controlled trial, which compared 3 different models of physiotherapy service delivery, was provided for 4 weeks during subacute, inpatient rehabilitation (n=283). The duration of all physiotherapy sessions was recorded. In addition, 32 participants were observed at 10-minute intervals for 1 weekday and 1 weekend day between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. At each observation, we recorded physical activity, location, and people present. RESULTS: Participants receiving 7-day-week and circuit class therapy received an additional 3 hours and 22 hours of physiotherapy time, respectively, when compared with usual care. Participants were standing or walking for a median of 8.2% of observations. On weekdays, circuit class therapy participants spent more time in therapy-related activity (10.2% of observations) when compared with usual care participants (6.1% of observations). On weekends, 7-day therapy participants spent more time in therapy-related activity (4.2% of observations) when compared with both usual care and circuit class therapy participants (0% of observations for both groups). Activity levels outside of therapy sessions did not differ between groups. CONCLUSIONS: A greater dosage of physiotherapy time did not translate into meaningful increases in physical activity across the day. CLINICAL TRIAL REGISTRATION URL: http://www.anzctr.org.au/. Unique identifier: ACTRN12610000096055.
Keywords: physiotherapy (techniques); rehabilitation
Rights: © 2014 American Heart Association, Inc.
RMID: 0030034062
DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.114.006038
Grant ID: http://purl.org/au-research/grants/nhmrc/631904
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