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Caregiver Perspectives on Physiotherapy Treatment for Paediatric Burns in the United Arab Emirates

Authors
  • Mohamed Muftah Alzaabi, Fatima Sultan
  • Bairapareddy, Kalyana Chakravarthy
  • Alaparthi, Gopala Krishna
  • Hegazy, Fatma
Type
Published Article
Journal
Patient Preference and Adherence
Publisher
Dove Medical Press
Publication Date
Jun 17, 2022
Volume
16
Pages
1477–1486
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2147/PPA.S363312
PMID: 35747586
PMCID: PMC9211800
Source
PubMed Central
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Original Research
License
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Abstract

Background Physiotherapy is an essential component of paediatric burn treatment. Children are admitted to the paediatric burn unit with their caregivers who play a vital role in supporting the child’s post-burn physiotherapy management. Objective The objective of the study is to determine caregivers’ attitudes on physiotherapy treatment for children with burns in the UAE. This study focused on the caregiver’s perspective on five important domains: caregiver’s knowledge, burden, attitude, adherence to physiotherapy exercise program, and caregiver’s satisfaction. Methods A descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted using self-administered questionnaire. Fifty caregivers were eligible to participate in the study. The analyses of the survey responses were done using SPSS software. Descriptive analysis and correlation statistics were used to present the data. Results The caregiver participants in the study reported to have reasonably good knowledge about the paediatric burns care (13.62 ± 3.49) and had a positive attitude towards the physiotherapy treatment provided to the children with the burn injuries (9.41 ± 1.56). The adherence to the prescribed exercise regimen of physiotherapy sessions was found to be good (11.88 ± 1.50) but were overburdened with the caregiving tasks (21.42 ± 11.62). The study demonstrated very high levels of satisfaction among the caregivers with the physiotherapy treatment sessions provided to the children (13.4 ± 1.83). Conclusion Caregiver attitude regarding physiotherapy management was overall positive; caregivers were well aware of the importance of physiotherapy and have reported high levels of satisfaction with the paediatric burn physiotherapy management.

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