Child obesity service provision: a cross-sectional survey of physiotherapy practice trends and professional needs

Milne, Nikki, Choy, Nancy Low, Leong, Gary M., Hughes, Roger and Hing, Wayne (2015) Child obesity service provision: a cross-sectional survey of physiotherapy practice trends and professional needs. Australian Journal of Primary Health, 22 2: 140-146. doi:10.1071/PY14101


Author Milne, Nikki
Choy, Nancy Low
Leong, Gary M.
Hughes, Roger
Hing, Wayne
Title Child obesity service provision: a cross-sectional survey of physiotherapy practice trends and professional needs
Journal name Australian Journal of Primary Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-7527
1836-7399
Publication date 2015-01-14
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/PY14101
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 22
Issue 2
Start page 140
End page 146
Total pages 7
Place of publication Clayton, VIC Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Abstract This study explored current physiotherapy practice trends for management of children who are overweight or obese. The professional needs of physiotherapists working with this population were also assessed, including the perceived need for physiotherapy clinical guidelines for prevention and management of children with obesity. A cross-sectional survey design was used, with questionnaires purposefully distributed through 13 key physiotherapy services throughout Australia. Snowball sampling resulted in completed questionnaires from 64 physiotherapists who provided services to children. Half (n = 33, 52%) of respondents provided services specifically to overweight or obese children. Of those providing services, one-quarter had prior training specific to working with this population. Most used multi-disciplinary models (n = 16, 76%) and provided under 5 h of obesity-related services each week (n = 29, 88%). Half (n = 16, 49%) used body mass index as an outcome measure but more (n = 25, 76%) used bodyweight. Only 14 (42%) assessed motor skills. The majority of respondents (n = 57, 89%) indicated a need for physiotherapy guidelines to best manage overweight and obese children. Professional development priorities included: ‘Educating children and families’, ‘Assessment methods’ and ‘Exercise prescription’ for overweight and obese children. This data provides workforce intelligence to guide future professional training and inform development of clinical guidelines for physiotherapists in prevention and management of children with obesity and related chronic disease.
Keyword Children
Clinical
Guidelines
Health
Motor proficiency
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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