Emerging Physical Therapy Practice in Palliative Care: A Survey of Perceptions of Physical Therapists
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
|Official Title:||Emerging Practice in Palliative Care: A Survey of the Perceptions of Physical Therapists Regarding the Role, Utilization, Goals, and Cultural Issues of Physical Therapy Intervention in the Palliative Care of Functionally Dependent Elderly.|
- Perceptions of physical therapists regarding the role, utilization, goals, and cultural issues of physical therapy interventions in the palliative care of functionally dependent elderly. [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||April 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||May 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Physical Therapists who are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and live in the United States .
A one-time paper survey was mailed to subjects, along with a cover letter, explanation of the research study, and contact and informed consent information. A reminder postcard was sent to subjects approximately one week later, encouraging return of the completed survey.
Palliative Care is a growing medical practice specialty, however the level of physical therapist involvement and the particular roles for physical therapy in this evolving discipline are relatively unknown.
The purpose of this study was to explore emerging physical therapy practice in palliative care, and the perceptions of physical therapists regarding their care of the functionally dependent elderly, including the role and utilization of palliative care intervention in current practice, goal-setting practices which may relate to palliative care, and therapists' awareness of cultural and psychosocial issues in patient care.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01336361
|United States, Montana|
|The Univeristy of Montana, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program|
|Missoula, Montana, United States, 59812|
|Principal Investigator:||Ellen L Gakis-Day, BS PT, DPT||University of Montana|