Journal article

Specialised vestibular physiotherapy in the emergency department: A pilot safety and feasibility study

Melanie Lloyd, Allison Luscombe, Catherine Grant, Harin Karunajeewa, Sharon Klim, Tissa Wijeratne, Anne-Maree Kelly



OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and feasibility of vestibular physiotherapy in the ED, and its impact on adherence to evidence-based clinical practice. METHODS: This prospective pre-post implementation study of adults presenting with dizziness symptoms of potential vestibular aetiology measured the proportion of participants safely completing vestibular physiotherapy assessment and treatment. RESULTS: A total of 52 participants were recruited (20 usual care and 32 vestibular physiotherapy). Thirty (93.8%) of 32 completed all components of physiotherapy assessment, and there were no adverse events recorded. CONCLUSION: The results of the present study support extending the role of physiothe..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank Physiotherapy Department managers Melina Shackell and Anna Nethercote for their operational support throughout the study, and members of the ED Medical, Nursing and Allied Health teams for their support of the project. Funding for the present study was received from a Western Health Foundation 2018 Seed Grant.