Physiotherapists' perceptions in nursing homes

What do they think of interventions in elderly living in long-term care and their own role in this?

The number of older people increases around the world and estimations show that this trend will continue in the upcoming years. This leads healthcare professionals and healthcare systems to think about efficient, sensible and relevant care for this population.

Older people in nursing homes are offered integrated care including, among others, physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and, very often, physiotherapists. The latter are part of the multidisciplinary team and deal with various conditions such as pain, lack of mobility, edema, walking issues, etcetera.

However, as working conditions vary from one country to another and from one nursing home to another, differences in the way physiotherapists take care of older people may occur, even more so because there is currently no guideline available for physiotherapy in nursing homes.

The purpose of the present study was to assess physiotherapists' perspectives and views on how they consider the usefulness and necessity of their interventions in nursing homes. It appears that the way physiotherapists are involved differs, and that a quality standard with a shared vision of physiotherapy in nursing homes is needed for a more consistent intervention and strengthened position.


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