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Visualising Physiotherapy for Children with Cystic Fibrosis

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Cystic Fibrosis

Visualising Physiotherapy for Children with Cystic Fibrosis

Applying 3D computer visualisation technologies to health care research, Dr. John McGhee is collaborating with UK-based medical researchers to create an intervention to improve lung physiotherapy adherence among young children with cystic fibrosis. A series of 3D computer models of lungs will be built to create a series of renders illustratating the disease process, to be used by health care professionals to run studies.

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited, life-threatening disorder of the lungs and digestive system affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 children. Chest physiotherapy is a major component in the respiratory management of CF to help prevent lung damage. Adherence in young children is important because damage occurs rapidly and can be irreversible. However, only 50% of parents and young children adhere to their recommended regimen. Interventions to address this significant problem are lacking. We will develop and feasibility test a theoretically- and empirically-informed, multi-professional intervention for parents/carers to increase physiotherapy adherence among 0-8 year olds comprising of two components:

- An audio-visual support resource to enhance parental intentions to adhere to physiotherapy.

- A family-specific adherence plan to facilitate the translation of intentions into behavioural change.

This will lead to a trial that should impact on patient outcomes such as decreasing the likelihood of lung damage thus potentially extending life.

This project is in partnership with the University of Stirling, the University of Aberdeen, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, University of Liverpool, university College London, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and UNSW Australia.

Grant Details
Scheme: Chief Scientist Office, UK
Organisation name: Univeristy of Stirling
Application title: Development of an intervention to increase physiotherapy adherence among young children with cystic fibrosis: a Medical Research Council complex intervention framework development and feasibility study
Total amount of grant: GBP$188,690

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