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Profile of Childhood Health Conditions referred to Physiotherapy and Attributing Factors to Disablement

Authors:

Amrita George ,

JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, IN
About Amrita

Author holds a Masters degree in PT (MPT) specialised in Pediatrics. Her thesis was on children with special needs. Her interests are - working with children with disabilities to address issues faced by them in the Indian context.

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Annie Thomas,

JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, IN
About Annie

Annie Thomas holds a Masters degree in PT (MPT) specialised in Neurology. Her special interests are in traumatic brain injury and children with cerebral palsy. She has five years of clinical experience. She currently holds the position of lecturer at JSS college of Physiotherapy.

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Kavitha Raja

JSS College of Physiotherapy, Mysore, Karnataka, IN
About Kavitha

Author has a PhD in PT and also holds other degrees- PGDMLE, CBOE, CHFP, ATP. She has 30 years of work experience in the field. Her special skills include curriculum development, research, ergonomics (one of the two certified ergonomists in India at present), disability issues, ethics and administration. She has more than 20 published articles and books/chapters. She currently holds the position of Head of Department of Physiotherapy at JSS Hospital, Mysore.

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Abstract

Purpose: This study attempted to profile the prevalence of childhood health conditions and the factors that contribute to the disablement process and thus leading to disability among children who visit a tertiary referral hospital in Mysore, India.

Method: A mixed methods approach was adopted. Phase 1 of the study delineated the profile of cases being referred for physiotherapy treatment. Cases of Cerebral Palsy were reported to be the highest (46%). Phase 2 of the study identified 4 major themes based on the mothers’ experiences with their children.

Result: The findings revealed the need to create awareness among paediatricians about the importance of early intervention in childhood disorders and optimal referral to physiotherapy. The other themes which emerged included various attitudes of family and society, lack of cooperation from school as well as the presence physical barriers in school and community and frustration experienced by caregivers due to lack of help and facilities.

Conclusion: There is a need to educate parents and society at large that disability should not be associated with “abnormal”. It is rather an interrelated phenomenon where the health issues of an individual and the outlook of society both play an important part.
How to Cite: George, A., Thomas, A. and Raja, K., 2014. Profile of Childhood Health Conditions referred to Physiotherapy and Attributing Factors to Disablement. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 25(3), pp.92–102. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v25i3.307
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Published on 23 Dec 2014.
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