Research Article  |   February 2015
Patients With Brain Tumors: Who Receives Postacute Occupational Therapy Services?
Author Affiliations
  • Vincy Chan, MPH, is PhD Candidate, Research Department, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, and PhD Candidate, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario; vincy.chan@uhn.ca
  • Chen Xiong, BHSc, is MSc Candidate, Research Department, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario; and MSc Candidate, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto, Ontario
  • Angela Colantonio, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), FACRM, is Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, and Senior Research Scientist, Research Department, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Research Article   |   February 2015
Patients With Brain Tumors: Who Receives Postacute Occupational Therapy Services?
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 2015, Vol. 69, 6902290010p1-6902290010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014639
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 2015, Vol. 69, 6902290010p1-6902290010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.014639
Abstract

Data on the utilization of occupational therapy among patients with brain tumors have been limited to those with malignant tumors and small samples of patients outside North America in specialized palliative care settings. We built on this research by examining the characteristics of patients with brain tumors who received postacute occupational therapy services in Ontario, Canada, using health care administrative data. Between fiscal years 2004–2005 and 2008–2009, 3,199 patients with brain tumors received occupational therapy services in the home care setting after hospital discharge; 12.4% had benign brain tumors, 78.2% had malignant brain tumors, and 9.4% had unspecified brain tumors. However, patients with benign brain tumors were older (mean age = 63.3 yr), and a higher percentage were female (65.2%). More than 90% of patients received in-home occupational therapy services. Additional research is needed to examine the significance of these differences and to identify factors that influence access to occupational therapy services in the home care setting.