Author: The StrokeEd Collaboration

Duration: 30 mins

Details: Presentation at the International (virtual) CIMT Symposium, 21-23 Jan 2022 by Lauren Christie, the StrokeEd Collaboration, Australia

Constraint-induced movement therapy or CIMT is a strongly recommended intervention in the Australian national stroke guidelines yet routine delivery remains poor, with a recent national audit demonstrating that less than 12% of eligible people received a CIMT program. The barriers to CIMT delivery in practice have been well explored, however there has been limited research investigating how to address these barriers and translate CIMT into routine practice. This presentation reports on a suite of six studies completed as part of Lauren’s PhD, investigating and describing how multiple CIMT programs were effectively implemented and sustained in routine practice in Sydney, Australia over 18 months.

The studies include an international survey of CIMT use (n=169), a series of interviews with experienced OTs and PTs (n=11) from six countries who have continued to deliver CIMT over several years, development and evaluation of a behaviour change program to help OTs and PTs from 9 services to deliver and sustain CIMT programs in public health, an economic evaluation, and interviews with stroke and brain injury CIMT participants.