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Table 2 Summary of the published ratios for allied health professionals

From: Using staffing ratios for workforce planning: evidence on nine allied health professions

  Physio-therapist Occ. therapist Speech therapist Social worker Clinical Psych. Neuro-Psych Dietitian. Podiat-rist
Hospital Setting
Allied Health in Rehab. CC (2007) [21]         
   Amputat.* 1.5 1.0 0.025 0.6 0.5 0.025 0.4 0.5
   Arthritis 1.0 0.8 0.025 0.2 0.025 - 0.4 0.1
   Burns* 2.0 2.0 0.2 1.2 1.0 - 0.4 0.025
   Cardiac 0.75 0.5 0.025 0.25 0.025 - 0.4 0.1
   Head Inj.* 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.2 0.2 1.0 0.5 0.025
   Maj.Mult.Trauma 1.25 1.2 0.2 0.6 0.025 0.025 0.4 0.025
   Neurol. 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.0 0.2 0.6 0.5 0.2
   Orthopaed. 1.0 0.8 0.1 0.4 0.2 - 0.4 0.3
   Pain 1.25 1.0 0.025 0.5 0.5 - 0.4 0.025
   Pulmonary 0.75 0.75 0.1 0.25 0.025 - 0.4 0.1
   Spinal* 2.0 2.0 0.25 1.2 0.5 0.1 0.4 0.2
Aust. Fac. R. Med. (2005) [22]         
   Amputat. Acute 1.5 1.0 -   0.5 -   
   Neurol. " 1.5 1.5 1.5   0.5 0.5   
   Orthopaed. " 1.25 0.8 -   0.2 -   
   Spinal " 2.0 2.0 0.25   0.5 -   
   TBI " 1.5 1.8 1.5   0.7 0.5   
   Amputat. Rehab 0.7 0.5 -   0.1 -   
   Neurol. " 0.9 1.0 0.75   0.5 0.5   
   Orthopaed. " 0.7 0.3 -   0.2 -   
   Spinal " 0.9 1.0 -   0.5 -   
   TBI " 0.9 1.5 1.0   0.5 0.5   
Burton (2007) [33]      0.15-0.3 0.05 to 0.5   
Christie (2006) [30]         
   Gen. Surg. 0.3 0.1       
   Orthopaed. 1.0 1.0       
   Cardiovasc. 0.9 0.1       
   Medical 0.5 0.3       
   Rehab. (Geriatric) 0.5 0.3       
   Rehab. (Stroke) 1.2 1.0       
Emergency Depts.         
   Bris PAH (2004) [26] 2.5 AHP        
   MAPU (Henley) (2006) [25] (25 bed) 0.25 0.5 0.2 0.5     
Meyer (2002) [32]         
   Hosp. Urban/Rural        0.123/0.067  
Mudge (2006) [24]         
   Complex Medical         
   Intervention Gp. 0.4 0.4 0.2 0.4    0.16  
   Usual Care Gp. 0.12 0.1 0.06 0.16    0.08  
Ridoutt (2006) [15] quoting Austin Hosp figures         
   ICU 2.0        
   Neurol. 0.9        
   Gen. Rehab. 1.2 approx        
   Unnamed Priv. Hosp All beds 0.92 AHP hrs/bd.dy        
Community Setting
Br. Diabetes Assn. (1999) [29]/100 000       0.6 0.8
Gill (2007) [28]     1:70 pts 1:500 pts   1:80-120 pts 1:50-75 pts  
McMillan & Ledder (2001) [23]/100 000 1.5 community team professionals
Meyer (2002) [32] Urban/Rural/100 000       0.093/0.082  
  1. Figures are per 10 beds unless otherwise stated
  2. * Denotes specialist unit