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Results of the Belgian Sentinel Network of general practitioners on the involvement of therapists in stroke rehabilitation

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This study examines which therapists are involved in the rehabilitation of stroke survivors in Belgium at different points in time. A nationwide registration of stroke patients was provided by 199 and 189 family physicians working in sentinel practices for the years 2009 and 2010 respectively. 326 patients who were diagnosed with stroke were included. Patients with paralysis/paresis received significant more physiotherapy after one month (63%) compared to non-paralysed patients (38%) (P=0.005). Residing in a nursing home was associated with higher proportions of patients receiving physiotherapy, both after one (P=0.003) and six (P=0.002) months. 31% of patients with aphasia were treated by a speech and language therapist after one month, which decreased after six months to 20%. After six months, the patients in a nursing home received significant more often speech and language therapy (P=0.004), compared to patients living at home. The proportion of patients receiving stroke rehabilitation services provided by physiotherapists, speech/language therapists and occupational therapists is rather low, especially 6 months after the critical event.
Journal: Neurology International
ISSN: 2035-8377
Issue: 5846
Volume: 8
Pages: 80-83
Publication year:2017
Keywords:STROKE, Primary Care, Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, speech and language therapy
  • ORCID: /0000-0001-5861-3852/work/71095301
  • ORCID: /0000-0002-6083-2998/work/61225691
  • VABB Id: c:vabb:438681