Objective: Bed-wheelchair transfer comprises multiple subtasks; hence, it is important to know the difficulty of each subtask to identify and prioritize subtasks that must be practiced. This study aimed to investigate the difficulty of the subtasks that comprise bed-wheelchair transfer upon admission and reacquiring subtask skills during hospitalization. Materials and methods: This was a single-center prospective cohort study. We enrolled 137 consecutive stroke patients (mean age: 69.8 years) admitted to subacute rehabilitation wards who used wheelchairs upon admission. The degree of independence in each of the 25 subtasks that comprised transferring was assessed using the Bed-wheelchair transfer Tasks Assessment Form every 2 weeks. The number of patients who were independent in the subtasks upon admission and those who were not but became independent during hospitalization were examined. Results: The most difficult subtask for independent patients upon admission was "Manipulate the handrail for the bed" (18.3%), followed by "Ready the wheelchair for transfer" (19.3%), "Maneuver the wheelchair toward the appropriate place for transfer to the bed" (20.6%), "Wear shoes/brace" (24.8%), and "Turn while standing" (25.5%). The most difficult subtask for those who were not independent but became independent was "Ready the wheelchair for transfer" (32.1%), followed by "Manipulate the handrail for the bed" (32.9%), "Press the nurse call button" (36.4%), "Press the nurse call button (wheelchair-to-bed)" (36.7%), and "Lock the wheelchair brakes" (37.3%). Conclusions: Subtasks related to preparation for transfer were difficult upon admission, and this tendency became more pronounced during the skill acquisition process.
|Journal||Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases|
|Publication status||Published - 10-2022|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine