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Research Article  |   August 1988
Occupational Therapy Treatment in Home Health Care
Author Affiliations
  • Daisy Kunstaetter, MS, OTR/L, OT(C), at the time of this study, was a staff occupational therapist at Belmont Watertown Visiting Nurse Association, Belmont, Massachusetts. (Mailing address: 22 Rathfon Crescent, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada L4C 5B7.)
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Research Article   |   August 1988
Occupational Therapy Treatment in Home Health Care
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1988, Vol. 42, 513-519. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.8.513
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1988, Vol. 42, 513-519. doi:10.5014/ajot.42.8.513
Abstract

This study reviewed 96 home care records for patients seen at a home health agency during 1985. Recorded data were supplemented with information obtained from interviews with therapists who provided the care. Results of the study reveal a discrepancy between the therapists’ perception of treatment given and the treatment areas that are documented. Emphasis in documentation was found to be greater for sensorimotor components than for other treatment areas, and psychosocial skills were not included at all in the treatment plans reviewed. Therapists’ reports indicated that more emphasis is placed on the documentation of reimbursable skills than on other treatment areas. The implications of these results are presented.