Physiotherapy Theory and Practice (Physiother Theor Pract )

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


The aim of Physiotherapy Theory and Practice is to provide an international, peer-reviewed forum for the publication, dissemination, and discussion of recent developments and current research in physiotherapy/physical therapy. The journal also encourages reports of interdisciplinary investigations; promotes post-basic education; publishes reviews and updates on all aspects of physiotherapy and the medical, surgical, and therapy specialties relating to clinical physiotherapy; and accepts original papers, review articles, and significant preliminary communications.

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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this single-subject report was to determine the effect of a targeted training regimen aimed at improving motor and functional outcomes for a patient with chronic deficits after stroke. A 51-year-old woman with hemiparesis, 6 months post-stroke, participated in this prospective study. During the baseline, intervention, and immediate retention phases, performance was established by using repeated measures of four dependent variables: Fugl-Meyer assessment, Berg Balance Scale, 10-meter walk, and 6-minute walk. Two standard deviation band analyses were conducted on the four dependent variables with repeated measures. The Frenchay Activities Index and step length/single-limb support time measured at baseline and immediate retention were compared. During intervention, the participant was involved in a combined treatment protocol including body weight supported (BWS) treadmill training and strengthening exercises. Results indicated significant improvements in motor activity, balance, gait speed, and endurance. Progression was found in self-perceived participation. Although an improvement in step length symmetry occurred following training, a decrease in single-limb support time symmetry was found. BWS treadmill training, combined with strength training, significantly improved motor and functional performance in this participant with chronic deficits after stroke.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 23(4):219-29.
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    ABSTRACT: In the current AIDS pandemics, equipping health professional students with adequate knowledge and positive attitude is necessary to produce graduates who can deliver appropriate intervention to patients infected with HIV or who have developed AIDS. The purpose of this study was 1) to investigate the Nigerian physiotherapy students' knowledge, attitude, and their willingness to provide care for patients living with AIDS (PWA) and to 2) determine the sociodemographic variables that could influence the students' attitude and willingness to provide care for PWA. Physiotherapy students (N = 104) in four training programs in Nigeria were surveyed using a two-part questionnaire. Part I elicited sociodemographic and previous AIDS encounter information, and Part II assessed knowledge, attitude, and willingness to provide care to PWA. Nigerian students showed unsatisfactory knowledge, harbored negative attitude, and many of them were unwilling to render care for PWA. Religious affiliation, training programs, long-term career goals, and previous instructions on AIDS influenced the students' attitude. The study identified the need for a comprehensive AIDS curriculum and recommend that all programs in Nigeria include clinical clerkship, small group discussions, and seminars on ethical and medico-legal issues on AIDS in their curriculum.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 23(5):281-90.
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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of the study was to build a model to describe patient satisfaction with outpatient physiotherapy, basing this on need theory and theories from marketing research. The model was developed following interviews and focus groups with patients who had recently completed a course of outpatient physiotherapy for musculoskeletal conditions. It describes the patients' overall evaluation of their physiotherapy care in terms of satisfaction with 1) the Therapeutic Encounter and 2) Clinical Outcome. It identifies possible factors leading to satisfaction and provides an explanation for the relationship between expectations and satisfaction as a basis for patients' evaluation of their physiotherapy care. The theoretical basis of the concept of satisfaction in relation to physiotherapy practice and implications of the model for evaluating physiotherapy service provision are discussed together with the limitations of the model. Finally, further work to test the model is proposed.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 23(5):255-71.
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    ABSTRACT: Outcome measurements are used to determine the effectiveness of patient management. This study aimed to identify the outcome measures used in the physiotherapy management of lung transplant patients in Australia and New Zealand, and the factors influencing their use. A cross-sectional, descriptive, qualitative design was used to survey physiotherapists working with pre and post lung transplant patients in all major transplant centres and associated hospitals in Australia and New Zealand. The survey instrument was developed in consultation with transplant physiotherapists. The instrument included three main areas; demographics, specific outcome measures and therapist perceptions regarding the usefulness of current measurement tools. Physiotherapists participating in this survey were sent a copy of the survey tool and then were interviewed by phone. Eighteen physiotherapists (response rate 86%) from seventeen hospitals completed the survey. On average, participants estimated that their physiotherapy departments had managed 19 (SD 28, range 1-100) pre-transplant patients and 26 (SD 55.9, range 0-200) post-transplant patients in the past year. The most common outcome measures used were exercise tolerance tests, dyspnea scores, and ability to carry out activities of daily living. Time, reliability/validity issues and equipment requirements were reported to be the key factors influencing the use of outcome measures.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 21(4):201-17.
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    ABSTRACT: The Bobath concept is a problem-solving approach to the assessment and treatment of individuals following a lesion of the central nervous system that offers therapists a framework for their clinical practice. The aim of this study was to facilitate a group of experts in determining the current theoretical assumptions underpinning the Bobath concept.A four-round Delphi study was used. The expert sample included all 15 members of the British Bobath Tutors Association. Initial statements were identified from the literature with respondents generating additional statements. Level of agreement was determined by using a five-point Likert scale. Level of consensus was set at 80%. Eighty-five statements were rated from the literature along with 115 generated by the group. Ninety-three statements were identified as representing the theoretical underpinning of the Bobath concept. The Bobath experts agreed that therapists need to be aware of the principles of motor learning such as active participation, opportunities for practice and meaningful goals. They emphasized that therapy is an interactive process between individual, therapist, and the environment and aims to promote efficiency of movement to the individual's maximum potential rather than normal movement. Treatment was identified by the experts as having "change of functional outcome" at its center.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 23(3):137-52.
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    ABSTRACT: This article addresses how the results from diagnostic accuracy studies can be used to enhance clinical decision-making at the level of patients. A 5-step process is described that includes the following steps: (1) clarifying the goal; (2) performing an efficient and effective literature search; (3) critiquing the validity of a diagnostic study; (4) assessing the usefulness of the reported validity coefficients; and (5) determining the usefulness of the test for a specific patient. In addition to describing the essential features associated with these steps, a scenario illustrating their application is included.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 17(3):153-160.
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    ABSTRACT: Following a lesion to any part of the neuromusculoskeletal system, disabled individuals have to relearn how to perform everyday motor actions. Research into balance suggests that postural adjustments are an integral part of motor performance. In clinical practice, therefore, balance should be trained as part of tasks, such as reaching for an object or standing up. So that an individual does not find a task so difficult that only an approximation of it can be practised, modification of the action may be necessary to deter the practice of adaptive motor patterns. These patterns illustrate the ability of the lesioned system to put together an action out of what remains of neural and musculoskeletal sub-systems, and seem to be functionally preferred, in that the action is performed in the most advantageous manner given the effects of the lesion, the nature of musculoskeletal linkages and the environment in which the action is performed. This perspective of the need for rehabilitation to address 'emergent' motor behaviours is congruent with the dynamical systems viewpoint of contemporary action theorists. An understanding that motor behaviour is emergent enables the prediction of movement dysfunction and the organisation of intervention to ensure adaptive behaviour is not learned as a substitute for optimal performance.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 8(3):137-143.
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    ABSTRACT: You will have the pleasure of reading an article by the new WCPT President in a later issue of this journal, where he will set out future policy and programmes. To preface this, I would like to provide you with some basic data and information about the Confederation.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 5(2):95-96.
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    ABSTRACT: Acommon goal in the rehabilitation of persons with stroke is to improve their abilityto bear weighton the affected lower extremity.With respect to arm positions, rising from a sitting to standing position can be trained in different ways. For example, the hands can be clasped with the arms stretched forward or the arms can be free to move. The purpose of this studywas to examine howthese twodifferent arm positions effect body weight distribution and estimation of perceived exertion when rising from sitting to standing in stroke patients. Ten stroke patients (23-63 years) and ten age and sex-matched controls participated in the study. Two force measuring platforms were used to estimate ground reaction forces and body weight distribution. Perceived exertion was rated on a scale developed by Borg. No differences in body weight distribution or perceived exertion were found between the two ways of rising from sitting to standing in either the patient group or the control group. The results of this studysuggest that to improve stroke patients' symmetryof bodyweight distribution, it is not helpful to train the use of specific arm positions.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 18(1):33-41.