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A study in to the effectiveness of a postural care training programme aimed at improving knowledge, understanding, and confidence in parents and school staff

Hotham, S., Hamilton-West, K.E., Hutton, E., King, A., Abbott, N. (2017) A study in to the effectiveness of a postural care training programme aimed at improving knowledge, understanding, and confidence in parents and school staff. Child: Care, Health and Development, 43 (5). pp. 743-751. ISSN 0305-1862. E-ISSN 1365-2214. (doi:10.1111/cch.12444)

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Abstract

Background: Parents and school staff lack knowledge and confidence when providing postural care to physically disabled children. This can act as a barrier to the successful implementation of therapy. To address this problem, we developed a novel training programme to improve knowledge and confidence in providing postural care and evaluate the impact of the training programme in parents and school staff.

Results: Paired samples t-tests were used to determine statistically significant differences between baseline and follow-up scores for each of the three subscales. Mean levels of understanding and knowledge and confidence improved (P < 0.001), while concerns decreased (P < 0.001). Qualitative data were collected via interviews and group discussions providing an in-depth perspective on how participants experienced change.

Discussion: Results suggest improvement in knowledge, understanding and confidence in parents and school staff that care for children with significant physical postural care impairments.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/cch.12444
Uncontrolled keywords: carers, physical disabilities, postural management training
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
R Medicine
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Kate Hamilton-West
Date Deposited: 14 Nov 2016 17:54 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Feb 2020 04:08 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/58616 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Hamilton-West, K.E.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3160-0311
King, A.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0474-3819
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