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ERIC Number: EJ851927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1354-4187
Residential Carers' Knowledge and Attitudes towards Physiotherapy Interventions for Adults with Learning Disabilities
Stewart, Stephen; Macha, Ruth; Hebblethwaite, Amy; Hames, Annette
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v37 n3 p232-238 Sep 2009
Through the use of face-to-face interviews, this article explores residential carers' perceptions and understanding of a physiotherapy service provided to patients with a learning disability, with the aim of highlighting potential areas for improvement in the service. Carers involved in the study reported a good relationship with the physiotherapists, possessed a clear understanding of physiotherapy, and made positive commends regarding training they received. However, they reported a lack of follow-up by the physiotherapists to be a problem, and their responses indicated a perceived lack of support from the physiotherapy team. Carers also rated physical management programmes as being low on their daily priority list for patients' care. A lack of observable rewards for both carers and patients was hypothesised as a contributory factor, and following discussion with the team a structured follow-up protocol was suggested to support carers when carrying out physical management programmes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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