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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2009 Fall;21(3):282-8. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181b175cd.

Factors affecting prescription and implementation of standing-frame programs by school-based physical therapists for children with impaired mobility.

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Physical Therapy Department, Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona, USA. kbt1@psu.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this study was to investigate factors considered in the prescription and implementation of standing-frame programs by school-based physical therapists.

METHODS:

A 20-item survey was mailed to 500 members of the APTA Pediatric Section and School-Based Special Interest Group. Survey questions addressed standing-frame program prescription and perceived benefits.

RESULTS:

Response rate was 77.2%. A majority of respondents rated ambulatory status for the prescription of standing-frame programs and a child's specific needs in the selection of a specific standing frame as very important. Respondents identified multiple benefits with pressure relief rated very important most frequently. More than 50% of respondents indicated social and educational benefits are very important. A majority of respondents prescribed standing-frame programs for 30-45 minutes daily.

CONCLUSIONS:

Variation does exist, but the majority of school-based physical therapists agree on several key factors in the prescription and implementation of standing-frame programs.

PMID:
19680071
DOI:
10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181b175cd
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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