Occupational and Physical Therapy Activities and Level of Effort in Patients With Traumatic Brain Injury: Association With Functional Outcomes Journal Articles uri icon

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  • BackgroundAlthough some attention has been given to the association of functional outcomes with rehabilitation intensity, the evidence is still sparse in this field.ObjectiveTo investigate the effect of inpatient rehabilitation (IR) on discharge cognitive and motor function and the association of time spent in occupational and physical therapy and level of effort with cognitive and motor function in patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI).DesignSecondary analysis of TBI‐Practice Based Evidence dataset.SettingsInpatient rehabilitation.ParticipantsOne hundred forty‐nine patients with TBI who were consecutively admitted for IR between 2008 and 2011 in Ontario, Canada.InterventionsNot applicable.Main Outcome MeasurementsAdmission and discharge Functional Independence Measure‐Rasch Cognitive and Motor Scores.ResultsPatients showed significant improvement in cognitive and motor function from admission to discharge (P < .0001). After controlling for confounding factors, discharge FIM‐Rasch cognitive and motor scores were not associated with either level of effort or time spent in physical therapy activities. Discharge motor, but not cognitive function, was associated with more time spent in the complex (β = 0.20, confidence interval [CI] 0.005, 0.05) and less time spent in simple OT activities (β = −0.13, CI −0.13, −0.01).ConclusionThis study provides valuable information for clinicians about the effectiveness of IR on the improvement of motor and cognitive outcomes and the importance of considering the amount of time spent in activities based on their level of complexity rather than the total time of therapy to improve motor outcomes in this population.Level of EvidenceIII


  • Zarshenas, Sareh
  • Colantonio, Angela
  • Horn, Susan D
  • Jaglal, Susan
  • Jacob, Binu
  • Cullen, Nora

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  • April 2020