Occupational therapy and acute care hospitals
Up to 30% of OTs are working in acute care hospitals1.
A recent study looking at patient outcomes and the cost effectiveness of services received while in acute care found that OT services were not only cost-effective but helped save a hospital money in the long run by reducing re-admissions2.
We are a valuable service in the hospital setting. So, this section of my blog is dedicated to those OTs who need a primer on the evidence working in the acute care environment – to maximize patient outcomes and help OTs improve their satisfaction when providing care in acute hospitals.
- American Occupational Therapy Association (2010). Workforce Trends in OT. Retrieved from https://www.aota.org/-/media/corporate/files/educationcareers/prospective/workforce-trends-in-ot.pdf on January 24, 2018.
- Rogers, A. T., Bai, G., Lavin, R. A., & Anderson, G. F. (2016, September 2). Higher hospital spending on occupational therapy is associated with lower readmission rates. Medical Care Research and Review, 1–19.
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