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Title: The physiotherapy consultation: A qualitative study of the experience of parents of infants with cystic fibrosis in Australia.
Austin Authors: Andrews, Kristen;Smith, Megan;Cox, Narelle S 
Affiliation: Institute for Breathing and Sleep
Respiratory Research at Alfred, Department of Immunology and Pathology, Monash University, VIC, Australia
School of Allied Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia
Faculty of Science and Health, Charles Sturt University, Albury, NSW, Australia
Issue Date: Mar-2023
Date: 2022
Publication information: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice 2023; 39(3)
Abstract: Physiotherapy is an essential component in the management of cystic fibrosis (CF). To explore how parents of infants with CF experience physiotherapy clinic consultations. A qualitative study, informed by hermeneutic phenomenology, utilizing in-depth semi-structured interviews and daily diaries was conducted with 13 parents of infants (aged 0-2 yrs.) receiving physiotherapy care for CF in Australia. Three themes arose from the text. The first was that parents' physiotherapy clinic experience is influenced by the manner in which health professionals communicate to parents about physiotherapy in CF, as well as their own prior experience and knowledge. Secondly, parents receive conflicting messages from the physiotherapy consultation, but perceive the key message to be to prioritize adherence to physiotherapy. The final theme was that parents' expectations of the physiotherapy interaction were often not met, in particular a lack of practical physiotherapy education and training was reported. Parents of infants with CF seek an optimistic, practical and hands on approach during physiotherapy consultations. Exploring options for providing physiotherapy input outside of traditional clinic environments may help accommodate individual needs. Investigation into the manner in which physiotherapy education is communicated to parents is warranted in light of the influence on parents' expectations of physiotherapy.
DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2021.2023932
ORCID: 0000-0002-6977-1028
Journal: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice
PubMed URL: 35042441
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Cystic fibrosis
health education
patient-centered care
physical therapists
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