Effectiveness of an educational intervention of Physiotherapy in parents of children with haemophilia

Authors

  • R. Cuesta-Barriuso,

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    1. Grado de Fisioterapia, Departamento de Ciencias de la Salud, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, UCAM-Universidad Católica San Antonio, Murcia, Spain
    • Correspondence: Ruben Cuesta-Barriuso, PhD, Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Campus de los Jerónimos, Universidad Católica San Antonio, 30107-Murcia, Spain.

      Tel: +34 968 278545; fax: +34 968 278820;

      e-mail: ruben.cuestab@gmail.com

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  • A. Torres-Ortuño,

    1. Departamento de Psiquiatría y Psicología Social, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
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  • M. López-García,

    1. Servicio de Atención Temprana, Ayuntamiento de Miranda de Ebro, Burgos, Spain
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  • J. Nieto-Munuera

    1. Departamento de Psiquiatría y Psicología Social, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Murcia, Murcia, Spain
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Summary

Haemophilia is a haematological disorder with an orthopaedic outcome. It requires not only medical but rather comprehensive care from infancy. The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of an educational intervention of Physiotherapy in parents of children with haemophilia under 4 years old. This is a non-randomized clinical trial, in which 22 parents participated children's with haemophilia under 4 years old. Half of them received an educational intervention of Physiotherapy. At the beginning and end of the study, a psychologist blinded to the assignment of subjects to each of the study groups, assessed the perceived quality of life, anxiety, perceived stress and family functioning of parents. A significant improvement was observed in the variables of perceived stress and family functioning of parents in the experimental group. The realization of an educational intervention in parents of children with haemophilia under 4 years old is effective. It reduces the stressors perceived by the parents and improves family cohesion and adaptability, as a consequence of the disease. It is necessary to carry out studies with follow-up periods to assess the effectiveness of educational programs of Physiotherapy for long term.

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