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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25234

Title: Physiotherapy and trauma: a profile of level I trauma centres across Canada
Authors: Fisher, Megan
Aristone, Martha
Young, Katrina
Waechter, Laurie
Advisor: Cooper, Nicole
Taylor, Leslie
Landry, Michel
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: trauma
physiotherapy
caseload
physiotherapist assistant
Issue Date: 2009
Abstract: Purpose: To explore and describe physiotherapy models of service delivery, staffing, and caseloads in Level I trauma centres across Canada. Methods: A telephone questionnaire was administered to one experienced trauma physiotherapist at each of the 19 Level I trauma centres in Canada. Quantitative data was analyzed descriptively for national trends. Results: Quantitative data was collected from all 19 (100%) centres. Eighty-nine percent of the trauma centres provided physiotherapy services five days per week with priority weekend coverage. Physiotherapist Assistants (PTAs) were employed by 89% of centres and were utilized across the continuum of care. Those centres with PTAs appear to be more likely to provide patients with additional daily treatment. Departmental organizational structures were the most common (41%), and were associated with higher caseloads. Higher caseloads also appear to be linked with having less than ten years of experience as a physiotherapist. Conclusions: Variations exist between centres with regards to the delivery of physiotherapy services. These variations may result from differences in province-specific legislation, management of funding, as well as the lack of guidelines in the literature. Future research is needed to establish optimal models of physiotherapy services which are cost-effective and provide best patient care.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (N. Cooper, L. Taylor), University of Toronto (M. Landry)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/25234
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