Journal article

Prescribing upper limb orthoses for children with cerebral palsy: a Q methodology study of occupational therapists' decision making

Simon Garbellini, Melinda Randall, Michael Steele, Catherine Elliott, Christine Imms

DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Purpose: This study identified occupational therapists' viewpoints that guide their practice of upper limb orthosis prescription for children with cerebral palsy (CP).Methods: A qualitative study utilising Q methodology explored participants' viewpoints. Thirty-nine occupational therapists (38 females) were purposively recruited to rank statements generated from interviews of experienced clinicians and peer reviewed and published literature. Statements about reasons for orthoses prescription, were ranked according to what guides decision making the most to least. Data from ranked statements were analysed using by-person factor analysis to reveal the different ways statements were grouped. Th..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Catholic University


Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy


Funding Acknowledgements

Simon Garbellini's doctoral studies are nested within two national multicentre randomised controlled trials of upper limb orthoses for children with CP led by Professor Christine Imms. The trials are funded by Australian Catholic University (REF 2013000413) and supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Research Excellence in Cerebral Palsy (APP 1057997).