Description of an Occupational Therapy Intervention aimed at Improving Outdoor Mobility

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After a stroke people can find outdoor mobility difficult, but a targeted occupational therapy intervention has been shown to help people to get out of the house more often. This study describes the intervention.

The occupational therapists who provided the intervention kept records of the number and duration of therapy sessions, the goal of therapy and the activities undertaken. As part of the trial, functional and mobility outcome assessments were completed by the participants 4 and 10 months after recruitment and were used to compare the goals set with the goals achieved and the mobility performance.

Eighty-six participants were randomised to, and 78 received, the intervention. They received a median of 6 (mean 4.7, SD 1.9) sessions, with an average of 40 minutes per session. Sixty (77%) of the participants achieved their primary goal. Those who did not had greater functional limitations at the start of the study than those who did. Walking was the most common goal (17/78, 22%) and the most performed activity (135 times, 33%). Thirteen participants achieved walking and 12 of these were still walking outside at the 10-month assessment.

Three-quarters of people with stroke were therefore able to achieve their outdoor mobility goals after an occupational therapy intervention.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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