The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of recreational therapy (RT) on the functional independence of people recovering from stroke. Participants were adolescents and adults (N = 960) receiving recreational therapy and other treatment from an acute care hospital. Dependent variables were change scores (from admission to discharge) on the motor subscale, cognition subscale, and total Functional Independence Measure (FIM). Independent variables were number of treatment units of RT, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and psychological services. Data were analyzed using separate stepwise multiple regressions for each dependent variable. RT was a significant predictor of change scores for all three dependent variables. Results confirm the therapeutic value of RT services in the treatment of stroke.
Author Richard Williams, James Barrett, Heather Vercoe, Cathy Maahs-Fladung, Thomas Skalko, Thomas Skalko
Volume Vol 41, No 4 (2007)