Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) is the most used rehabilitation approach in the treatment of patients with stroke in the Western world today, despite the lack of evidence for its efficacy. The aim of this study was to conduct an intervention check and measure the nurses' competence, in positioning stroke patients according to the NDT approach. The sample consisted of 144 nurses in six neurological wards who were observed while positioning stroke patients according to the NDT approach. The nurses' combined mean competence scores within the wards was 195 (70%) of 280 (100%) possible, and for each ward the mean score varied between 181 (65%) and 206 (74%). This study indicates that nurses working in hospitals where the NDT approach has been implemented have the knowledge and skills to provide NDT nursing.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to Thóra B. Hafsteinsdóttir, PhD MN BSc, by phone at +31-30-250-9046 (7132) or by e-mail at email@example.com. She is a clinical nursing researcher in the Division of Neuroscience at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.
Maria H. F. Grypdonck, PhD, is a professor of nursing in the department of nursing science, Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.
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