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

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Ellen Gakis-Day, University of Montana
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01336361
First received: April 13, 2011
Last updated: September 15, 2014
Last verified: September 2014
  Purpose

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
Perception
Other: 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:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceptions of physical therapists regarding the role, utilization, goals, and cultural issues of physical therapy interventions in the palliative care of functionally dependent elderly. [ Time Frame: Baseline ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 228
Study Start Date: April 2011
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: May 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
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: Survey
A one-time paper survey was mailed to subjects, along with a cover letter, explanation of the research study, and contact and informed consent information. A reminder postcard was sent to subjects approximately one week later, encouraging return of the completed survey.

Detailed Description:

Palliative Care is a growing medical practice specialty, however the level of physical therapist involvement and the particular roles for physical therapy in this evolving discipline are relatively unknown.

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

  Eligibility

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

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

Criteria

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

Exclusion Criteria:

None

  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01336361

Locations
United States, Montana
The Univeristy of Montana, Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
Missoula, Montana, United States, 59812
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Montana
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Ellen L Gakis-Day, BS PT, DPT University of Montana
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Ellen Gakis-Day, Graduate Student, University of Montana
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01336361     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UMT IRB 52-11
Study First Received: April 13, 2011
Last Updated: September 15, 2014
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 November 25, 2014