The purpose of this course is to introduce attendees to the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) and discuss clinical and research applications. We will discuss recent research conducted in an outpatient clinical setting to highlight how the RTSS is appropriate in both research and clinical contexts, as well as provide an in-depth discussion of the strengths and challenges to consider when implementing this framework. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions about how to apply the RTSS to their own work in an effort to increase our ability to replicate research studies and to provide rationales for the care we provide as rehabilitation professionals. Finally, an in-depth discussion on the current state of stroke rehabilitation research, including our lack of understanding of ‘standard care’ and the need for improved reporting of rationales for control group interventions, will be discussed.
describe clinical and research applications of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System.
use the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System to characterize rehabilitation interventions.
identify multiple occupational therapy interventions used in a real-world practice setting to treat stroke-related upper extremity hemiparesis.
articulate a rationale for 'standard care' occupational therapy interventions when designing randomized controlled trials for adult stroke survivors.