Emerging Physical Therapy Practice in Palliative Care: A Survey of Perceptions of Physical Therapists

This study is enrolling participants by invitation only.
Information provided by:
University of Montana
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First received: April 13, 2011
Last updated: April 14, 2011
Last verified: March 2011

The purpose of this study is to explore emerging physical therapy practice in palliative care, and the perceptions of physical therapists regarding their care of the functionally dependent elderly, including: (1) the role and utilization of palliative care intervention in current practice, (2) current and potential goal-setting practices which may relate to palliative care, and (3) therapists' awareness of cultural and psychosocial issues in patient care.

Condition Intervention
Physical Therapist Perceptions
Other: Mail Survey

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Emerging Practice in Palliative Care: A Survey of the Perceptions of Physical Therapists Regarding the Role, Utilization, Goals, and Cultural Issues of Physical Therapy Intervention in the Palliative Care of Functionally Dependent Elderly.

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Further study details as provided by University of Montana:

Estimated Enrollment: 500
Study Start Date: April 2011
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Physical Therapists
Physical Therapists who are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and live in the United States .
Other: Mail Survey
A one-time paper survey will be mailed to subjects, along with a cover letter, explanation of the research study, and contact and informed consent information. A reminder postcard will be sent to subjects approximately one week later, encouraging return of the completed survey.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population

Physical Therapists who are members of the APTA and live in the United States.


Inclusion Criteria:

  • Physical Therapists who are members of the APTA and live in the United States
  • Reported practice in an inpatient or home health setting
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01336361

United States, Montana
The Univeristy of Montana, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Missoula, Montana, United States, 59812
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Montana
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Ellen Gakis-Day, Student - Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program, The University of Montana - Missoula
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01336361     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMT IRB 52-11
Study First Received: April 13, 2011
Last Updated: April 14, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Montana:
Palliative Care
Physical Therapy
Functionally Dependent Elderly

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on September 16, 2014