While a rehabilitation hospital is designed to help accident and stroke victims regain their physical autonomy, this rehabilitation process is stymied by the lack of time spent by patients in therapy. Top doctors, occupational and physical therapists, and other staff are recruited to help patients heal, but their time is stretched too thin. As a result, patients spend up to 72% of their time in hospital bedridden when they could be maximizing their time with rehabilitation experts. This lack of progress results in longer stays and poorer outcomes for patients, according to research.
Time Spent on Rehabilitation Lacking
A study in the journal Stroke found notable differences in the daily time devoted to rehabilitation activities in hospitals throughout the world. In each of the following countries, patients received therapy for a small portion of the day:
- 21-31% of the working day in the US was dedicated to therapeutic activities
- In the UK, less than 15% of the day was devoted to therapy
- Swiss stroke patients spent 45% of the day in therapy
- Belgian patients had 28% of their day dedicated to therapeutic activities
Unfortunately, not all inpatients even received the therapy they required. In the hospitals surveyed, between 0 and 65% of patients who required occupational therapy actually received such services.1