Acute Care

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.

  1. American Occupational Therapy Association (2010). Workforce Trends in OT. Retrieved from on January 24, 2018.
  2. 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.

Click on the following links to read content about OT and acute care:

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