Priority 8 from the Occupational Therapy PSP
|UNCERTAINTY: What is the role or impact of occupational therapy in reducing hospital admissions? (JLA PSP Priority 8)
|JLA question ID
|Occupational therapy is increasingly being recognised as having a role in preventing people from vulnerable groups (such as frail, older people and people living with long-term conditions) from being unnecessarily admitted into hospital. Experience suggests that home/access visits, access to occupational therapy in primary care settings, and inclusion in prevention and response services reduces hospital re/admissions.
This question aims to explore this area in more detail to provide stronger evidence about the nature of the role and the impact it has. This includes the impact on the lives of the people accessing those services, the impact on the demands for, and effectiveness, timeliness and efficiency of acute services.
Other than the non-OT specific paper listed, no up-to-date evidence found. This is an area of uncertainty.
|Health Research Classification System category
|Generic Health Relevance
|Extra information provided by this PSP
|Original uncertainty examples
|The effectiveness of home/access visits in reducing hospital readmissions
Would fewer people be admitted to hospital if there were more occupational therapists in primary care? ~ Does occupational therapy reduce readmission rates of patients with frequent hospital inpatient stays? ~ What is the impact of including occupational therapists within prevention and response services such as paramedics and fire services? ~ What percentage of OT assessments/interventions result in either admission prevention or preventing re-admission? What interventions in particular are achieving this?
|PSP unique ID
|Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP.
|66 (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
|Date of priority setting workshop
|27 July 2020