To measure time spent by pediatric physical and occupational therapists in performing daily work activities.
Physical and occupational therapists at an urban pediatric academic hospital were observed during a standard workday. Time studies recorded total time spent performing patient care and other workplace-specific tasks. Data were analyzed to identify trends.
Broad similarities existed in average amounts of time spent in direct patient care, indirect patient care, and nonpatient care tasks. Indirect patient care tasks demonstrated the lowest variability in time spent.
This is the first report of pediatric physical and occupational therapists' time in performing daily tasks. The metric and tools derived from these findings support managerial decision-making, provide a comparison of actual versus targeted workload, assist with determining appropriate and safe staffing caseloads, and contribute to measurements of a patient's therapy acuity level.
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