Home visits by occupational therapists improve adherence to recommendations: Process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial Academic Article uri icon


  • INTRODUCTION:As part of hospital discharge planning, occupational therapists often provide recommendations to improve the interaction between a person and their home environment. The aim of this study was to investigate the number and type of recommendations made by occupational therapists during a home assessment visit compared to hospital-based assessment for patients recovering from hip fracture. A secondary aim was to explore adherence rates to the different types of recommendations. METHODS:Process evaluation of a randomised controlled trial of 65 participants recovering from hip fracture, returning to community living after hospital discharge. All participants received inpatient multidisciplinary rehabilitation and hospital-based assessment by an occupational therapist (usual care). In addition, the intervention group participated in a single home visit with an occupational therapist prior to hospital discharge. Analysis included the number and type of occupational therapy recommendations, adherence to recommendations at 30┬ádays after discharge, and mediation analysis. RESULTS:Participants in the home visit group received more recommendations than the usual care group (mean difference [MD] 2.8, 95% CI 1.6 to 3.9) and adhered to a greater proportion of recommendations for assistive technologies (MD 11.4%, 95% CI 2.6 to 20.2) and task modifications (MD 10.0%, 95% CI 0.7 to 19.3). Participants in both groups had lower rates of adherence to recommendations for home modifications compared with other types of recommendations. Adherence to recommendations was a mediator in the relationship between participants' involvement in a pre-discharge home visit and reduced hospital readmissions. CONCLUSION:There was greater adherence to occupational therapy recommendations when patients recovering from hip fracture participated in a home visit compared to hospital-based assessment, contributing to reduced readmissions to hospital in the first 30┬ádays. Home visits offer additional benefits to hospital-based assessment through the use of a collaborative approach to decision making in the home environment.

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  • 2020