Steps towards evidence-based foot-care for children : behaviour and opinions of health professionals

Hodgson, L ORCID:, Williams, AE ORCID:, Nester, CJ ORCID: and Morrison, SC 2020, 'Steps towards evidence-based foot-care for children : behaviour and opinions of health professionals' , Health and Social Care in the Community, 28 (5) , pp. 1651-1657.

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Allied health professionals (AHPs) working with children need the appropriate knowledge, skills and experiences to provide high-quality care. This includes using research to drive improvements in care and ensuring that knowledge and practices are consistent and build upon the best available evidence. The aim of this work was to understand more about the shared behaviours and opinions of health professionals supporting children's foot health care; how they find information that is both relevant to their clinical practice as well as informing the advice they share. A qualitative design using semi-structured, one-to-one, telephone interviews with AHPs was adopted. Thematic analysis was used to generate meaning, identify patterns and develop themes from the data. Eight interviews were conducted with physiotherapists, podiatrists and orthotists. Five themes were identified relating to health professionals: (a) Engaging with research; (b) Power of experience; (c) Influence of children's footwear companies; (d). Dr Google - the new expert and (e) Referral pathways for children's foot care. The findings indicate that the AHPs adopted a number of strategies to develop and inform their own professional knowledge and clinical practice. There could be barriers to accessing information, particularly in areas where there is limited understanding or gaps in research. The availability of online foot health information was inconsistent and could impact on how AHPs were able to engage with parents during consultations. [Abstract copyright: © 2020 The Authors. Health and Social Care in the Community published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.]

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: ** From PubMed via Jisc Publications Router **Journal IDs: eissn 1365-2524 **Article IDs: pubmed: 32227526 **History: accepted 10-03-2020; revised 04-03-2020; submitted 04-11-2019
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Social Care in the Community
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0966-0410
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Funders: Dr William M Scholl Unit of Podiatric Development
SWORD Depositor: Publications Router
Depositing User: Publications Router
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 14:30
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 04:26

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