Description: Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is recommended in Australian stroke guidelines as an evidence-based therapy for arm recovery, yet national audits show that only 12% of eligible stroke survivors receive CIMT. Barriers to CIMT delivery include limited knowledge, skills, confidence, personnel and equipment. This presentation will describe what should be included in a CIMT program [beyond a mitt], how to structure and progress training over two weeks, how to measure change and overcome common barriers to delivery particularly in public health settings. Lauren successfully helped nine public health services in Sydney to implement CIMT with stroke and brain injury survivors, as part of her PhD.

Learning objectives: By the end of the presentation, learners will be able to;

  • Identify people that are likely to benefit from CIMT
  • Name and describe the key components of CIMT which include shaping, functional task practice, mitt wearing and a transfer package
  • Name outcome measures that are commonly used before and after a CIMT program
  • Identify resources that can be used to prepare for delivery of CIMT programs

Presenter: This 1-hr webinar presented by:

Dr Lauren Christie BAppSc (Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapist
Associate Member of the StrokeEd Collaboration
Senior Implementation Science Research Fellow- Allied Health
St Vincent’s Health Network, Sydney, NSW