Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
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Aims and Objectives: 1) To synthesize available evidence for mode, dosage, and timing of physical therapy in the acute care hospital setting. 2) To report the evidence about the effects of mode, dosage, and timing of physical therapy in the acute care hospital setting on LOS, associated costs, and PT-related outcomes. Background: Hospital based physical therapy quality depends on providing evidence-based interventions, however, the research regarding dosage, mode, and timing of physical therapy in the acute care hospital setting has not been synthesized for patient populations except for total joint arthroplasties or patients in the ICU. Design: A systematic search and scoping review were performed. Methods: Search criteria were applied to 5 literature databases to capture articles that match our aims and objectives; non-ICU studies of physical therapy provided interventions in the acute care hospital setting not including patient populations with total joint replacement. Results: Four studies of variable design met criteria for inclusion. Conclusion: The research appears to suggest that early and increased mobilization with a physical therapist is more effective in that it can decrease length of stay, cost of care, and improve physical therapy-related outcomes. Discussion: More research needs to be performed on mode, dose and timing of physical therapy in the acute hospital setting.
Physical Therapy; Acute Care; Scoping Review; Mode; Dosage; Timing
Medicine and Health Sciences | Physical Therapy | Rehabilitation and Therapy
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Acosta, Brendan and Goins, Bradley, "Dosage, Mode, and Timing of Acute Care Physical Therapy: A Scoping Review" (2020). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 3766.
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