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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29447

Title: Weekend physiotherapy practice in community hospitals in Canada
Authors: Ottensmeyer, Carolyn
Chattha, Sanmeet
Jayawardena, Andrea
McBoyle, Kelly
Wrong, Christine
Advisor: Ellerton, Cindy
Mathur, Sunita
Brooks, Dina
Department: Physical Therapy
Keywords: physiotherapy
community hospital
weekend
service delivery
regional variation
Issue Date: 2010
Abstract: Purpose: The objectives of this study were: 1) to describe the provision of weekend physiotherapy services in acute care community hospitals across Canada, and 2) to describe regional availability of these services. Method: Questionnaires were mailed to acute care community hospitals (institutions with > 100 inpatient beds, excluding psychiatric, mental health, paediatric, rehabilitation, tertiary and long term care facilities) across Canada from January to April, 2010. Results: Of 146 hospitals deemed eligible, 71% responded. Weekend physiotherapy service was offered at 69% of community hospitals overall, but this rate varied: =75% in all regions except Quebec (30%). Services differed in availability between Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, both in number of physiotherapists and hours served (K-W, p < 0.02, for each) and were largely compensated via time in lieu. Conclusions: Regional variation exists in access to weekend physiotherapy service in Canada. Further research is required to address the efficacy of weekend physiotherapy services for different patient groups to inform what constitutes appropriate frequency of weekend physiotherapy care in the community setting.
Description: Affiliated institutions include: Univeristy of Toronto (C. Ellerton, S. Mathur, D. Brooks)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/29447
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