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Higher Hospital Spending on Occupational Therapy is Associated with Lower Readmissions Rates
Occupational therapy is the only spending category that has been shown to have a significant impact on readmission rates, according to this article published by The American Occupational Therapy Association. The article cites research published in Medical Care Research and Review. The research showed that increased occupational therapy spending has a statically significant association with lower readmission rates, due in part because occupational therapy focuses on whether or not a patient can be discharged safely into his or her environment, which plays a big role in readmissions. The authors of the study cites six occupational therapy interventions that have the most impact on readmissions, they include:
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- Provide recommendations and training for caregivers.
- Determine whether patients can safely live independently, or require further rehabilitation or nursing care.
- Address existing disabilities with assistive devices so patients can safely perform activities of daily living
- Perform home safety assessments before discharge to suggest modifications.
- Assess cognition and the ability to physically manipulate things like medication containers, and provide training when necessary.
- Work with physical therapists to increase the intensity of inpatient rehabilitation