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Return to work after stroke: recording, measuring, and describing occupational therapy intervention

Grant, Mary; Radford, Kathryn; Sinclair, Emma; Walker, Marion


Mary Grant

Emma Sinclair

Marion Walker


Introduction: Existing research on vocational rehabilitation following stroke has been criticised for not describing intervention in sufficient detail for replication or clinical implementation. The purpose of this study was to test the feasibility of recording and measuring the content of an early stroke-specific vocational rehabilitation intervention delivered to participants in a feasibility randomized controlled trial, using a proforma previously developed for a study of vocational rehabilitation following traumatic brain injury.
Method: The proforma was adapted for use in stroke with input from an expert panel and was used to record intervention content, in 10-minute units, following each intervention session.
Findings: Twenty-five people, working or in education at the time of stroke, participated in the study. Two thirds of the therapists' time was spent in face-to-face contact (43%) and liaison with the patient and others (20%). Intervention mainly focused on work preparation (21%) and the return to work process (24%). The remaining time was consumed by administration (19%) and travel (18%).
Conclusion: The proforma was quick and easy to use and captured the main focus of intervention. This study suggests that it can be used to record stroke-specific vocational rehabilitation intervention content and has potential for wider use in research and clinical practice.


Grant, M., Radford, K., Sinclair, E., & Walker, M. (2014). Return to work after stroke: recording, measuring, and describing occupational therapy intervention. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(9),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 12, 2013
Publication Date Sep 11, 2014
Deposit Date Jan 13, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jan 13, 2017
Journal British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Print ISSN 0308-0226
Electronic ISSN 0308-0226
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 77
Issue 9
Keywords Stroke, vocational rehabilitation, research
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