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Physiotherapy for Cystic Fibrosis In Australia: Knowledge and Acceptance of the Consensus Statement Recommendations.
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PMID:  23240864     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In 2008, a Consensus Statement was published with the aim of optimising physiotherapy management for people with cystic fibrosis (CF) in Australia. The aim of this study was to measure knowledge and acceptance of the Consensus Statement recommendations. METHODS: All physiotherapists providing treatment to people with CF in Australia were invited to complete a purpose-designed online survey to assess knowledge and uptake of key treatment recommendations. RESULTS: Sixty-eight physiotherapists took part (response rate 49%). Knowledge of treatment recommendations was high for airway clearance (94%) and exercise assessment (76%). Most respondents agreed with these recommendations (airway clearance 97% agreement, exercise 68% agreement). A small number of respondents (18%) correctly identified the current recommendation to segregate patients with different organisms during airway clearance, with most respondents (73%) implementing stricter infection control policies. Low levels of knowledge and agreement were evident for recommendations regarding measurement of blood sugar levels (BSLs) during exercise (36% knowledge and 28% agreement) and delivery of dornase alfa (53% and 65%). Physiotherapists from specialist CF centres were more likely to know the recommendations for BSL measurement during exercise (p=0.014), dornase alfa (p=0.001) and non-invasive ventilation (p=0.07) compared to physiotherapists in other settings. CONCLUSIONS: Physiotherapists are aware of treatment recommendations for CF in common areas of practice such as airway clearance and exercise. However, knowledge of recommendations is lower for specialised areas of practice and outside of CF centres. Strategies to improve awareness and uptake of the consensus statement amongst physiotherapists outside of CF centres are required.
Anne E Holland; Brenda M Button;
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respirology (Carlton, Vic.)     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1440-1843     ISO Abbreviation:  Respirology     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9616368     Medline TA:  Respirology     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 The Authors. Respirology © 2012 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.
Physiotherapy Department, Alfred Health; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; School of Physiotherapy, La Trobe University; Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
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