Title

Return to Work After Stroke: A Survey of Occupational Therapy Practice Patterns

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-3-2018

Abstract

This descriptive study, consisting of a survey followed by semi-structured interviews, sought to describe the practice patterns and perceived competencies of occupational therapy practitioners in the provision of return to work (RTW) services for stroke survivors. Respondents (n = 119) were mostly occupational therapists (95%) working in outpatient settings (61%); 47% reported a caseload of mostly stroke survivors; and most addressing RTW (60%). Respondents focused predominantly on remediation of cognitive and physical skills and less on actual work performance and supports. Respondents assert occupational therapy’s role in RTW for stroke survivors but generally reported limited competencies and low utilization of evidence-based approaches and theoretical models when addressing RTW. Systems, organizational support, and practitioner factors emerged as barriers and facilitators to RTW service provision. This study suggests there may be a critical gap in practitioners’ RTW competencies with profound implications for entry-level education, professional development, advocacy, and research.

Publication Name

Occupational Therapy in Health Care

Volume Number

32

First Page

195

Last Page

215

Issue Number

3

DOI

10.1080/07380577.2018.1491083

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