Questions: Are physiotherapists providing services to overweight and obese children and if so what service trends exist? What are the training needs of physiotherapists in this developing clinical area? Are clinical practice guidelines for working with overweight or obese children sought by Australian physiotherapists? Design: Prospective quantitative and qualitative survey. Participants: Sixty-four Australian physiotherapists working with children volunteered to participate. Outcome measures: A cross sectional survey was designed and distributed throughout Australia using snowball sampling methods. Results: Fifty-two percent of participants provided services to overweight or obese children and their families. Of those who provided services, most used a multi-disciplinary model (81%) and provided <5 hours of obesity-related service per week (95%). Eleven (33%) provided services in a hospital environment. Sixteen (49%) of respondents used BMI as an outcome measure whereas 25 (76%) used weight. Only 14 (42%) assessed motor skills. The top three professional development priorities included; How to educate children and families about the condition (72%), Assessment methods (67%) and Exercise prescription for children (61%). The majority of all respondents 57 (89%) indicated a need for national guidelines for physiotherapists to best manage overweight and obese children. Conclusion: This is the first study to investigate the service trends and professional needs of Australian physiotherapists working with overweight and obese children. A large majority of respondents indicate a need for clinical guidelines to best manage this clinical population and attention should consequently be directed towards workforce development strategies in this growing clinical area. Key Practice Points: • Childhood overweight/obesity in Australia is high yet limited clinical time is allocated by physiotherapists to this population.
|Number of pages||2|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Oct 2013|
|Event||Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2013: New Moves - Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia|
Duration: 17 Oct 2013 → 20 Oct 2013
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|Conference||Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2013|
|Abbreviated title||APA Conference 2013|
|Period||17/10/13 → 20/10/13|
Milne, N., Low Choy, N., Leong, G., Hing, W. A., & Hughes, R. (2013). Perceived training and professional development needs of Australian physiotherapists for working with overweight and obese children. 115-116. Abstract from Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference 2013, Melbourne, Australia.