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Physical Therapists' Ability to Predict Future Mobility After Spinal Cord Injury

Chu, J., Harvey, L. A., Ben, M., Batty, J., Avis, A., Adams, R.

Academic Literature

2012

The purpose of this study was to determine how accurately physical therapists can predict the future mobility of people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) at the time of admission to rehabilitation.

A cohort observational study was undertaken in 2 SCI units in Sydney, Australia, where a consecutive series of 50 patients admitted for rehabilitation was recruited. There was a strong positive correlation between therapists' predictions on admission and patients' outcomes at 3 months.

Physical therapists are able to accurately predict future mobility of people with SCI at the time of admission to rehabilitation. Ability to accurately predict future mobility is necessary for goal setting and for ensuring that therapy, discharge planning, and equipment prescription are appropriate. These findings are important because they indicate how much confidence patients, funders, policy makers, and administrators can have in therapists' ability to predict patients' future mobility.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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