This research, submitted by Masoomeh Rezaei, has been approved and accepted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2010.
Assessment of Knowledge of Iranian Occupational Therapists of Handling of Children with Cerebral Palsy†
Article first published online: 6 JAN 2014
Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Occupational Therapy International
Volume 21, Issue 2, pages 63–70, June 2014
How to Cite
Rezaei, M., Malekpour, M. and Rassafiani, M. (2014), Assessment of Knowledge of Iranian Occupational Therapists of Handling of Children with Cerebral Palsy. Occup. Ther. Int., 21: 63–70. doi: 10.1002/oti.1362
- Issue published online: 15 APR 2014
- Article first published online: 6 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 6 NOV 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 25 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Received: 4 JAN 2013
- University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences
- paediatric occupational therapy;
- cerebral palsy;
- neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT)
The purpose of this study was to assess the knowledge of Iranian occupational therapists regarding the handling of children with cerebral palsy and the application of their knowledge into practice.
A questionnaire with two scales of a self-report and a knowledge-based test was designed. Data were analysed by using descriptive statistics and Spearman correlation.
Of 77 participants, 64.9% participants reported their knowledge of handling at moderate, 14.3% at low and 6.5% at very low level. The result of the test showed that 57.1% participants had knowledge at moderate and 16.9% at low level. Toileting and bathing are the least focused areas by occupational therapists in teaching handling techniques to caregivers. These results suggest that the participants need further training to increase their knowledge in the various areas of handling and positioning techniques especially toileting and bathing.
Because participants were from one area of Iran, future research could include a larger population of occupational therapists. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.