What Do Physiotherapists Do in Stroke Rehabilitation? A Focus Group Discussion

Auwal Abdullahi, Yusuf Yakubu Abdu, Muhammad Abba Aliyu

Abstract


Background: There are many techniques used for rehabilitation after stroke, and physiotherapists use them eclectically. However, some of the techniques are more effective than others.

Objectives: The objective of the study was to determine what techniques physiotherapists in Kano mostly use for stroke rehabilitation.

Method: Focused group discussions were carried out with 2 separate groups using a prepared interview guide consisting of 7 items.

Results: The result of the study showed that physiotherapists used a combination of techniques for stroke rehabilitation consisting mostly of the Bobath and Bruunstrom techniques.

Conclusion: The techniques physiotherapists use for stroke rehabilitation in Kano vary. However, the choice of a particular technique may not be evidence based, but rather from personal preference, experience of the therapists and relevant presentations of the patients.


Keywords


Physiotherapy, rehabilitation, stroke, focus group discussion, and evidence based practice

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