Natasha Kareem Brusco

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QUESTION Is additional Saturday physiotherapy intervention beneficial for inpatients undergoing rehabilitation? DESIGN Randomised controlled trial with concealed allocation, assessor blinding, and intention-to-treat analysis. PARTICIPANTS Two hundred and sixty-two inpatients undergoing rehabilitation in an Australian metropolitan hospital. (More)
OBJECTIVES To report if there is a difference in costs from a societal perspective between adults receiving rehabilitation in an inpatient rehabilitation setting versus an alternative setting. If there are cost differences, to report whether opting for the least expensive program setting adversely affects patient outcomes. DATA SOURCES Electronic(More)
BACKGROUND Many inpatients receive little or no rehabilitation on weekends. Our aim was to determine what effect providing additional Saturday rehabilitation during inpatient rehabilitation had on functional independence, quality of life and length of stay compared to 5 days per week of rehabilitation. METHODS This was a multicenter, single-blind(More)
Provision of out of regular business hours (OBH) physiotherapy to hospital inpatients is widespread in the hospital setting. This systematic review evaluated the effect of additional OBH physiotherapy services on patient length of stay (LOS), pulmonary complications, discharge destination, discharge mobility status, quality of life, cost saving, adverse(More)
BACKGROUND Reducing patient length of stay is a high priority for health service providers. Preliminary information suggests additional Saturday rehabilitation services could reduce the time a patient stays in hospital by three days. This large trial will examine if providing additional physiotherapy and occupational therapy services on a Saturday reduces(More)
QUESTION Is the de Morton Mobility Index (DEMMI) valid for measuring the mobility of patients making the transition from hospital to the community? DESIGN Observational cohort study. PARTICIPANTS 696 consecutive patients admitted to 11 Transition Care Programs for multidisciplinary care in Victoria and Tasmania during a 6-month period. The DEMMI and(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Physiotherapy services provided outside of business hours may improve patient and hospital outcomes, but there is limited understanding of what services are provided. This study described current services provided outside of business hours across Australian hospitals. METHODS Design Descriptive, cross-sectional, Web-based survey.(More)
BACKGROUND Providing additional Saturday rehabilitation can improve functional independence and health related quality of life at discharge and it may reduce patient length of stay, yet the economic implications are not known. The aim of this study was to determine from a health service perspective if the provision of rehabilitation to inpatients on a(More)
On reviewing our recently published trial in BMC Medicine [1], we realised that there were some minor errors in the demographic data reported in Table 1 and in 2 sentences of the accompanying text. Specifically, our sample comprised 365 men, not 359 as reported, and there were some very minor differences in the numbers of participants reported in each(More)
PURPOSE Returning to work has been identified as an important rehabilitation goal following stroke. Twenty percent of stroke survivors are of working age. The purpose of this systematic review was to determine the effect of vocational rehabilitation programs on return-to-work rates post stroke. METHOD Searches were performed in electronic databases and(More)