Fall 2017, Volume 8, Issue 5

EBSCO Health Rehabilitation Reference Centerâ„¢ Newsletter including topics on Visual Dysfunction: Occupational Therapy, Coma Recovery Scale and Hippotherapy

Rehabilitation Reference Center in Daily Practice

Visual Dysfunction: Occupational Therapy

Mr. S. is a 67-year-old man who has been referred for outpatient physical therapy for balance impairment following a fall at home. He suffered a stroke six months previously. The physical therapist is aware that visual dysfunction can affect balance and gait.

The physical therapist wants to find out more about the examination and treatment of patients with visual dysfunction, so he consults Rehabilitation Reference Center, keying in the word “vision.” He locates the Clinical Review "Visual Dysfunction: Occupational Therapy.” 

He reads about visual dysfunction, including contraindications to examination and treatment, risk factors and causes. He then reviews the examination section of the Clinical Review. After completing the physical and subjective examination, he goes on to read about the occupational therapy treatment plan.

Based on the Clinical Review and the examination findings, the physical therapist teaches the patient compensatory strategies and eye exercises.

Note: The above-referenced Clinical Review is free and accessible to all readers of the EBSCO Health Rehabilitation Newsletter.

Quick Overview

Coma Recovery Scale

The Coma Recovery Scale is a standardized behavioral assessment that measures neurobehavioral function in order to assist with the differential diagnosis of various disorders of consciousness. The Coma Recovery Scale can be used to document recovery from coma and provides a prognostic assessment to assist with treatment planning. It comprises 23 items that are divided among 6 subscales: auditory, visual, motor, oromotor, communication and arousal functions.

You can read the Clinical Review “Coma Recovery Scale” by logging into Rehabilitation Reference Center.

Evidence-Based Content Update


Recently, the Clinical Review "Hippotherapy" was revised following review as part of the Systematic Literature Surveillance Program. Information of value to physical therapy practice was found in a research study.

Researchers conducted a quasi-experimental study of 13 children with cerebral palsy who participated in hippotherapy for 30 minutes, once a week for 10 weeks. The researchers concluded that hippotherapy may improve gross and fine motor functions in children with cerebral palsy.

We invite you to log in to Rehabilitation Reference Center to read new and updated Clinical Reviews as they become available.

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