The purpose of this study was to determine services performed by recreation therapists. This study surveyed currently practicing CTRSs to determine the workload and elements of service provision. A total of 1178 CTRSs responded to the survey (23.6%). A total of 18,539 hours of direct therapy interventions were provided by 812 fulltime therapists in a week; or an average of 23 hours of direct care services per therapist. CTRSs had, on average, 108 client therapy contacts per week per therapist. The number of treatment groups offered, one-on-one interventions, and other weekly tasks were also explored. Types of services provided were significantly different by population served. The discipline should explore the creation of a data center to gather critical data to understand and determine the nature of services provided by CTRSs. It is a critical step for the discipline to grow, defend, and/ or maintain important RT services.
Author Judy S. Kinney
Volume Vol. 54, No. 3 (2020)