Addressing ADL ability in people with poststroke cognitive impairments: A Danish survey of clinical practice

E Ghaziani*, S S Christensen, C H Arens, E E Wæhrens

*Corresponding author for this work


BACKGROUND: In Denmark, stroke represents a leading disability cause. While people with difficulties in performing activities of daily living (ADL) due to poststroke cognitive impairments are often referred to occupational therapy, limited knowledge is available on the nature of these services.

AIM/OBJECTIVE: To explore how Danish occupational therapists describe their practice when addressing decreased ADL ability in people with poststroke cognitive impairments in hospital and municipality settings.

MATERIAL AND METHODS: National, cross-sectorial, web-based public survey.

RESULTS: 244 occupational therapists accessed the survey; 172 were included in the analysis. Most respondents could indicate the theory guiding their reasoning; half used standardised assessments. Regarding intervention, restorative and acquisitional models were preferred; specific strategies were identified. Intensity: 30-45 min 3-4 times/week in hospitals; 30-60 min 1-2 times/week in municipalities.

CONCLUSIONS: Therapists report to be guided by theory in their reasoning. Standardised assessments are used to a higher extend than previously reported. Still, the results invite critical reflections on correct use of assessment instruments, content and intensity of interventions, and how therapists keep themselves updated.

SIGNIFICANCE: The results document the need for practice improvements and may inform the definition of standard care in future trials.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2318204
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2024


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