ERIC Number: EJ835107
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
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Factors Affecting the Involvement of Day Centre Care Staff in the Delivery of Physiotherapy to Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: An Exploratory Study in One London Borough
Middleton, M. -J.; Kitchen, S. S.
Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, v21 n3 p227-235 May 2008
Background: Physiotherapists for adults with intellectual disabilities often work in day centres, relying on care staff to support programmes. This study investigates factors affecting physiotherapy delivery in 4 day centres in one London borough. Materials and Method: Semi-structured interviews were carried out with day centre care staff, managers and physiotherapists. Results: Service users' needs were reported not to be met at three of the four centres. Barriers included low staffing levels, high absences and use of agency staff. Relevant variables included level of physiotherapist attendance, management priorities for care staff time, care staff confidence and whether a consistent team support delivery. Discrepancies emerged between staff and physiotherapists' views on training needs. Conclusions: Physiotherapy delivered in day centres is an important part of a complex care package. It requires effective multiagency working to meet the known--and potentially unidentified--needs of individuals and to ensure that care staff are adequately supported.
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Mental Retardation, Interviews, Barriers, Physical Therapy, Adults, Social Services, Service Occupations, Staff Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)