Analysis of the activity of mobile rehabilitation-physiotherapy units in primary care

  • R. L
  • D. P
  • D. C
  • et al.
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Objective: To describe the home care provided by mobile rehabilitation-physiotherapy teams as a response to the needs of the dependent population, the characteristics of their application, and the results they have on patients and their functional independence. Design: A descriptive, cross-sectional study from 2004 to June 2007. Setting: Community setting. Mobile rehabilitation-physiotherapy teams from Primary Care in Almeria. Participants: A total of 1093 patients were included in the programme. Main measurements: Data were collected on, the state of the patients' health (primary disabling process, reasons for inclusion in the treatment, initial and final functional assessment and Barthel Index); details of physiotherapy treatment, and number of sessions. Results: Of the total sample, the mean age was 78 years and 64.2% were female. The mean waiting time for their assessment was 4 days and there was a wide variety of primary disabling processes described. There was a high percentage of symptoms of severe motor deterioration, pain and muscle weakness. Physiotherapy treatment was given in 88.6%, physiotherapy and occupational therapy in 11.1%, and orthopaedic treatment in 0.3%, of the patients. The mean number of sessions was 12.85. The variation in the Barthel Index after the final therapy was given was, 61.9% for kinesiotherapy, 10.2% combined with electrotherapy, and 14.5% for kinesiotherapy and carer education. Conclusions: Valuable information is provided as regards the characteristics of the geriatric and dependent population, as well as the physiotherapy help they are receiving, and also how the procedure is carried out. © 2009 Elsevier España, S.L. All rights reserved.




R., L.-L., D., P. G., D., C. M., C., A. L., P., G. F., M.d.C., M. C., & F., Z. O. (2010). Analysis of the activity of mobile rehabilitation-physiotherapy units in primary care. Atencion Primaria, 42(5), 278–283.

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