Perception of the Parents, Physiotherapists and Allied Health Professionals about the Role of Physiotherapy in the Rehabilitation of the Children with Cerebral Palsy - A Case Study of District Bhakkar
Cerebral palsy (CP) is known as the main developmental disability among infants and children. The brain injury is associated with pre or postnatal period. A physiotherapy is an effective tool of rehabilitation and restoration of the children with CP.
Objectives: The main purpose of the study was to evaluate the role of physiotherapy in the rehabilitation of the CP children. The main intention of this study was to examine the perception of parents and health professionals about the role of physiotherapy in the rehabilitation process of CP children
Methods: This study design is cross sectional and survey method was adopted and purposive sampling method was used for data collection. A Likert scale questionnaire was adopted for data collection from (n = 158) parents, (n = 14) allied health professionals, and (n = 3) physiotherapists of Bhakkar. It was hypothesized that physiotherapy has a significant role in the rehabilitation of CP children. An independent t-test and one-way ANOVA was applied for statistical analysis.
Results and Conclusions: Results showed that physiotherapy plays a significant role in the rehabilitation (P < .00), and postural control (P <. 01) of CP children. The perception of the physiotherapists and allied health professionals were the same regarding the role of physiotherapy in the rehabilitation (P <. 00), function independent and social participation (p < .00), postural control (P < .00) and motor function (P < .02) of the CP children. On the other hand, it was also concluded the regular physiotherapy increases rehabilitation process of CP children. The physiotherapists and allied health professional were satisfied with rehabilitation process. In contrast, the perception of parents was unsatisfactory because they desire the rehabilitate procedure should be shorter. It is suggested that physiotherapists and allied health professionals may educate the parents about the rehabilitation procedure.