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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    ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the performance in the 6-minute walk test (6 MWT) of elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by comparing to a group of healthy elderly patients, performed with and without verbal encouragement. This cross-sectional study compared 40 patients with COPD (forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1%) = 53.7 ± 23.8%; forced vital capacity (FVC%) = 65.5 ± 20.8%; and the FEV1/FVC ratio = 55.4 ± 12.4) and 40 healthy elderly patients (control). The 6 MWT's were performed with and without verbal encouragement according to the American Thoracic Society (ATS), monitoring the distance walked (6 MWD), the duration of walking (TW) and the perceived effort index (PEI) through the Borg scale between the groups. No differences were observed in patients with COPD when the tests were performed with and without verbal encouragement for the 6 MWD, TW and PEI, the same occurring in the control group for the 6 MWD, TW and PEI, respectively. The use of verbal encouragement was not sufficient to promote improvement in the performance of the 6 MWT (6 MWD, TW and PEI) of patients with COPD and healthy elderly patients.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 04/2014;
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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 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: 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: 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: Contrast baths have been used for therapy for over 2,000 years. The basic concept is to alternate warm and cool water baths during a treatment session. It is believed that this will increase circulation better than just placing the limb in a warm water bath. However, there is little supportive evidence for this assertion. Further, for subjects with diabetes, with underlying impairments in their circulation, this may not work at all. Fourteen people with type 2 diabetes were compared to 14 age-matched controls. Skin blood flow of the foot (BF) was measured during 16 minutes of contrast baths at two different intervals: 3 minutes warm and 1 minute cold and 6 minutes warm and 2 minutes cold. In control subjects, warm and cold contrast baths with the ratio 3 minutes warm to 1 minute cold elicited significantly (p < 0.01) greater BF than placing the limb continuously in warm water or using a 6:2 ratio of warm to cold bath time. In control subjects, there was also a greater plantar than dorsal BF. For subjects with diabetes, there was no statistical difference between BF with contrast baths versus warm whirlpool; but in both cases BF was significantly less than that seen in control subjects under similar circumstances. There was also very little difference between BF on the plantar and dorsal aspects of the foot in the subjects with diabetes. Patients with diabetes do not show a vascular response to contrast bath therapy. The BF response to contrast temperatures may be a good diagnostic test for diabetic vascular impairment.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 07/2009; 23(4):189-97.
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    ABSTRACT: Given that all of us are potential users of health and social care services, the rigorous assessment of student health professionals in practice should be of common interest. However, rigorous assessment of practice-based learning is notoriously challenging. One would expect assessment in the context of the workplace to be an indicator of fitness for purpose and for practice. However, some indication that health professional students, including physiotherapists, are less fit for practice on qualification than might be desirable suggests a need to rethink assessment practices. Drawing on insights from students, clinical educators, and university visiting tutors in the United Kingdom, this article offers a rationale for combining assessment by observation of performance with a formal oral assessment. We argue that complementarity between the two types of assessment when combined means they allow us to gain a holistic impression of the student's overall performance. We illustrate how the oral component of assessment influences how students go about learning and highlight its perceived 'added value' in terms of helping students prepare for employment. Our findings are theorised in terms of the extent to which assessment aligns with learning activities and learning outcomes, which we believe is vital in health professional programmes. The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the views of students, clinical educators, and university visiting tutors on assessment strategies used in clinical practice. Our objectives were to develop our understanding of the contribution made by each element of assessment to our overall view of student capability. On this basis we would determine whether both assessment components were deemed necessary by all of the stakeholders.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 01/2008; 24(1):29-42.
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    ABSTRACT: The ability to place the hands to the floor forms part of the assessment of joint hypermobility. The test may be symptom free, or in the case of joint hypermobility syndrome, may be associated with pain in the spine, hip, and knee. The aim of this study was to identify the relative amount of movement at the lumbar spine and hip during this test in people with asymptomatic and symptomatic hypermobility compared with a control group. Thirty-six female subjects (10 asymptomatic hypermobility, 13 symptomatic hypermobility, and 13 control) ranging between 18 and 60 years of age participated in the investigation. Measurements were made by using digital photography and inclinometers. Measurement reliability was established prior to the investigation. There was a significant difference (p<0.05) between hip flexion range in the two hypermobility groups compared to the control group; there was no significant difference in lumbar spine movement between the three groups. The findings suggest that people with asymptomatic or symptomatic hypermobility perform the hand to floor test with the same relative contribution from the lumbar spine and hip joints. Both groups perform the hands to floor test and with a greater relative hip flexion range than a control group.
    Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 01/2008; 24(1):1-12.

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