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A study of UK physiotherapists' study needs in hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome

Lyell, M; Simmonds, JV; Deane, JA; (2016) A study of UK physiotherapists' study needs in hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome. Physiotherapy Practice and Research , 37 (2) pp. 101-109. 10.3233/PPR-160073. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Physiotherapists play a fundamental role in managing adults with hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome (HMS). Access to training and its influence on the physiotherapy treatment of hypermobile adults is unknown. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to: i) Explore UK physiotherapists' knowledge of hypermobility and HMS in adults. ii) Establish the relationship between knowledge and training or experience. iii) Investigate the future training preferences of physiotherapists in this area. DESIGN: A nationwide online survey. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey design collected quantitative and qualitative data. A validated hypermobility questionnaire was adapted and distributed as a self-administered electronic survey. A panel of expert practitioners confirmed face validity. PARTICIPANTS: UK physiotherapists, experienced in treating adults with musculoskeletal conditions were invited to participate via purposive and snowball sampling of relevant professional networks and clinical interest groups. ANALYSIS: Microsoft Excel and SPSS were used to analyse data. Chi-squared analysis was used to explore relevant associations. Thematic coding of qualitative data was quantitatively analysed. RESULTS: 244 Physiotherapists participated. A significant association was found between training and knowledge of HMS (P < 0.001). Furthermore, training was associated with increased clinical confidence in both assessment (P < 0.001), and management (P < 0.001) of the condition. However, 51% of physiotherapists reported having no training in hypermobility, only 10% had undergone training in hypermobility at undergraduate level and 95% requested further training. CONCLUSION: There are significant gaps in training received by UK physiotherapists' in the assessment and management of HMS, despite the significant association observed between training and the degree of clinical confidence and knowledge reported.

Type: Article
Title: A study of UK physiotherapists' study needs in hypermobility and hypermobility syndrome
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.3233/PPR-160073
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.3233/PPR-160073
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © IOS Press and the authors. All rights reserved. The final publication is available at IOS Press through http://dx.doi.org/10.3233/PPR-160073
Keywords: Hypermobility syndrome, joint hypermobility syndrome
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > UCL GOS Institute of Child Health > Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Dept
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1497748
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