A study into the effectiveness of a postural care education programme
Hutton, E., Hotham, S., Hamilton-West, K. and King, A. 2013. A study into the effectiveness of a postural care education programme.
|Authors||Hutton, E., Hotham, S., Hamilton-West, K. and King, A.|
Background: Research identified that parents & teachers lack knowledge & confidence when providing postural care to a child with a physical disability (Hutton & Coxon 2011). This can act as a barrier to the successful implementation of therapy & affect a child’s function & well being. To address this problem an intervention for parents & teachers has been developed.
Aim: The aim is to determine whether this intervention improves parents’ & teachers’ knowledge & confidence.
Method: The intervention is designed for teachers & parents of mainstream primary school children with a physical disabilityand will be delivered by therapists across the South East of England. Participants will be identified by their local therapists & recruited to the intervention. A within-subject design, with the outcome measure completed at baseline & at follow-up, will be employed.
Results: Data collection will be completed in May 2013. Analysis of this data will determine whether the intervention has improved parents’ & teachers’ knowledge & confidence.
Impact: There has been an on-going partnership between the researchers and service users throughout. A parent is a co‑applicant & other parents & teachers have been involved in the design & development of the intervention.
Implications: This intervention will promote knowledge sharing& closer working between parents, therapists & teachers – leading to improved outcomes for the child. South East Coast
|Conference||College of Occupational Therapists 37th Annual Conference & Exhibition|
|Funder||National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under its Research for Patient Benefit|
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|Deposited||04 Nov 2013|
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