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Title: Regional physiotherapists have unique influencers on their capabilities and opportunities to provide supportive care to people with prostate cancer: A qualitative study of Victorian physiotherapist’s experiences.
Author: Sayner, Alesha
Tang, C.
Toohey, K.
Mendoza, C.
Nahon, I.
Issue Date: 2022
Conference Name: 14th National Rural and Remote Allied Health Conference
Conference Date: November 15-16
Conference Place: Online
Abstract: Introduction: This study aimed to investigate Victorian regional and metropolitan physiotherapists’ experiences with providing care for people with prostate cancer. Physiotherapists are part of the supportive care team managing physical symptoms resultant from treatment. Little attention has been paid to physiotherapists’ self-perceived capabilities and experiences with service provision. Methods: A qualitative phenomenological approach was adopted, utilising two online focus groups, including: 1) Physiotherapists practicing in metropolitan Melbourne; 2) Physiotherapists practicing in regional Victoria. Data analysis was undertaken with using the thematic analysis approach proposed by Braun and Clarke (2006). Results: Three themes were identified: 1) Development/maintenance of physiotherapy skills specific to prostate cancer; 2) Clinical settings influence access to physiotherapy services; 3) Positive interactions with patients and the multi-disciplinary team influences participation. Influencers specific to regional physiotherapists included: • Geographic and financial burden when accessing professional development, particularly in the use of transperineal real time ultrasound. • Less clinical exposure/clinical learning opportunities than metropolitan physiotherapists. • Reduced continence service staffing, resulting in longer wait times for patients. • Social/occupational demands that are specific to regional patients, such as farm/stock management. Discussion: Regional physiotherapists face unique barriers supporting people with prostate cancer. Collaborative training between regional and metropolitan clinicians may facilitate learning and networking. Skill building in regional physiotherapists may promote continence service recruitment, service access, and specific clinical care. Conclusion: To optimise opportunities and capabilities in supporting people with prostate cancer, physiotherapists need access to professional development, public health system staffing and an understanding of factors influencing regional patient care.
Internal ID Number: 01951
Type: Conference
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