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Year : 2008  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 99-107

Role of occupational therapy after stroke

1 Department of Occupational Therapy / Acute Stroke Unit, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
2 Mater Private Rehabilitation Unit, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
3 Division of Occupational Therapy, University of Queensland, Brisbane,Queensland, Australia

Correspondence Address:
Tennille J Rowland
Department of Occupational Therapy, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital, Level 2 James Mayne Building, Butterfield Street, Herston, Queensland 4006
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Internationally recognized best practice care in the early management and rehabilitation of individuals following stroke includes multidisciplinary assessment and treatment by a coordinated team of health care professionals that includes occupational therapists. Occupational therapists assess the impact of changes in motor function, sensation, coordination, visual perception, and cognition on a person's capacity to manage daily life tasks. Intervention improves participation in meaningful roles, tasks, and activities; remediates deficits; minimizes secondary complications; and provides education and support to the patient and caregivers. Occupational therapists' focus on independence and function, individual goal-setting, and their specialist skills in task adaptation and environmental modification underpin the profession's contribution to the multidisciplinary stroke rehabilitation team. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of occupational therapy practice in stroke patients.

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