Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults With Stroke
Joyce Sabari, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; Series Editor: Deborah Lieberman, MHSA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Each year, as many as 700,000 people in the United States experience a new or recurrent stroke, and more than 500,000 survive. Over a million of those survivors, however, report difficulties related to the functional limitations that can result from this life-changing experience. The new, evidence-based Adults With Stroke (AOTA Practice Guidelines) details the significant contribution of occupational therapy in treating adults dealing with these limitations. Appendixes include other valuable resources such as CPTTM codes related to occupational therapy for stroke survivors.
Practice Guidelines can:
- Help clarify occupational therapy services for external audiences
- Help determine appropriateness of occupational therapy referrals
- Assist third-party payers in determining medical necessity for occupational therapy
- Define contribution of occupational therapy to health and education planning teams
- Inform legislators and employers about occupational therapy education, training, and skills
- Detail the scope of occupational therapy services
- Establish outcome measures for analyzing the effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention
- Illustrate relevance of occupational therapy services for people who have had a stroke to policy, education, and health care benefit analysts
- Assist occupational therapy educators in design of appropriate curricula.