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Occupational Therapy and Stroke

Judi Edmans (Editor), Annette Champion (Editor), Louise Hill (Editor), Mike Ridley (Editor), Fiona Skelly (Editor), Therese Jackson (Editor), Moya Neale (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-86156-198-5
188 pages
October 2000
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This book has been produced on behalf of the National Association of Neurological Occupational Therapists (UK) and is intended to guide newly-qualified occupational therapists (and those new to the field of stroke) through the complexities of treating people following stroke. Writen and edited by practising occupational therapists, the book acknowledges the many different techniques that may be used in stroke management and the scope of the occupational therapy role in the UK.

This book will provide occupational therapists with the foundations for effective occupational therapy in stroke rehabilitation.Written in a user-friendly style, the book's chapters are presented in a form that enables the therapist to review the subject prior to assessment and treatment planning. Complex problems are grouped together to avoid confusion.

This book encourages therapists to use their skills in observation and problem solving, adapting and building on the techniques seen on clinical placement and taught in college.

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Table of Contents


Definition of Stroke.

Causes of Stroke.

Classification of Stroke.

International Classification of Impairment.

Disabilities and handicap.

Medical Investigations.

Damage That can Occur in Different Areas of the Brain.

Early Management.


The Stroke Wheel.

Role of OT.

Frames of reference/models.

Treatment Approaches.

Initial Assessment - (general, sensation, Functional, Goal Setting).

Standardised Assessments.

Standardised adl Assessments.

Positioning, Equipment (wheelchairs, Adl, Splinting).

Management of Motor/sensory Deficits.

Therapeutic Aims.

Management Principles (physical, Self-care Activities, Instrumental Activities, Remedial Activities).

Management of Cognitive/perceptual Deficits.

Cognitive Deficits.

Perceptual deficits.




Resuming Sexual Activity.

Leisure rehabilitation.



Stroke Education.

Therapeutic Challenges.

Pusher syndrome and Overuse.

Shoulder/hand Syndrome.


Dysexecutive Function.


Speech and Language Deficits.



Standards of stroke Care.

Methods of Recording OT Intervention.

Evidence-based Practice.

Outcome Measures.

New Approaches/way Forward.

Isokinematic Training.

Ensuring best Practice (OT Clinical Audit, OT Research).

Competency Framework.

Glossary and Bibliography.



Useful Books.

Useful Assessments.

Useful Addresses.

Stroke Association Publication List.

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