INTERPROFESSIONAL COLLABORATION AMONG REHABILITATION PROFESSIONALS IN STROKE REHABILITATION

Abstract: To determine the Interprofessional Collaboration among rehabilitation professionals in stroke rehabilitation. The study design os a Comparative cross sectional survey. Data was collected from all major cities of Pakistan in 12 months. A structured questionnaire of interprofessional collaboration was filled by Physiatrists, Physical Therapists,Occupational Therapists, Speech-language Pathologists and Prosthetists/Orthotists having two years of professional experience into total sample size of 139. Post Hoc analysis for comparison between the occupations shows that there is significant difference for Communication, accomodation and isolation between the rehab physicians and all other occupations included in the study with the p-value less than 0.05. The benefits of interprofessional collaboration cannot be denied in developing countries and barriers to development of multidisciplinary team are huge. We need to step forward to overcome these barriers and play our role in development of multidisciplinary teams so that our patients and team members get benefit from this which is already research proven approach.

Dr. Muhammad Naveed Babur ( Isra Institute of Rehabilitation Sciences , Isra University, Islamabad Campus )