The development of the Stroke Physiotherapy Intervention Recording Tool (SPIRIT).

Research paper by Sarah F SF Tyson, Andrea A Selley

Indexed on: 17 Sep '04Published on: 17 Sep '04Published in: Disability and rehabilitation


To develop a recording system that describes physiotherapy interventions for the rehabilitation of postural control post-stroke.A draft recording tool was developed using the method described by Edwards et al, involving literature searches and collaboration with senior clinicians. It was piloted with stroke physiotherapists using a cross-sectional survey design to assess validity, utility and completeness. Participants used the recording tool to record five treatment sessions. Feedback regarding the utility and completeness of the system was obtained via short semi-structured interviews.11 NHS Trusts.35 stroke physiotherapists working in acute and rehabilitation settings recorded the treatment of 120 patients in 590 treatment sessions.A double-sided A4 form with a checklist of 79 physiotherapy interventions in 9 categories was produced: the Stroke Physiotherapy Intervention Recording Tool (SPIRIT). The participants found it quick and easy to use and reflective of clinical practice. There were a few missing interventions and some confusion regarding definition of terms. Revisions were to include the omitted interventions and to produce a user's booklet defining the categories and interventions.SPIRIT provides a system for recording physiotherapy treatment for stroke patients which reflects current clinical practice in acute and rehabilitation settings.