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Therapy students’ recommendations of physical activity for managing persistent low back pain in older adults

Therapy students’ recommendations of physical activity for managing persistent low back pain in older adults

Ryan, Cormac G., Schofield, Patricia and Martin, Denis J. (2013) Therapy students’ recommendations of physical activity for managing persistent low back pain in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 21 (3). pp. 309-318. ISSN 1063-8652 (Print), 1543-267X (Online)

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Abstract

Negative views of older adults can lead to suboptimal care. For older adults with persistent low back pain (LBP), promotion of physical activity by health care professionals is important. Health care professionals’ views of older adults are influenced by their training. This study aimed to compare recommendations for physical activity for managing persistent LBP offered by students in physiotherapy
and occupational therapy to an older person vs. a younger person. In a cross-sectional online survey, participants (N = 77) randomly received a vignette of either a 40-yr-old or 70-yr-old patient with persistent LBP. Other than age, the
vignettes were identical. There was no difference between the younger and older vignettes in the likelihood of participants making overall appropriate physical activity recommendations—63% vs. 59%, OR (95%CI) = 1.19 (0.48–2.99), p = .71—although there was a trend toward age bias on recommendations specificto daily activity.Postqualification education may be where ageist views need tobe addressed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: attitudes, health care professionals, aging,
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Health & Social Care > Centre for Applied Social Research
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10131

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