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

  • Auwal Abdullahi Department of Physiotherapy, Bayero University Kano
  • Yusuf Yakubu Abdu
  • Muhammad Abba Aliyu
Keywords: Physiotherapy, rehabilitation, stroke, focus group discussion, and evidence based practice


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.


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How to Cite
Abdullahi, A., Abdu, Y. Y., & Aliyu, M. A. (2016). What Do Physiotherapists Do in Stroke Rehabilitation? A Focus Group Discussion. Nigerian Journal of Medical Rehabilitation, 18(2). https://doi.org/10.34058/njmr.v18i2.125
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