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Injury, Occupational Diseases, Poisoning
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Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
Good posture is important for children with physical disabilities, improving health and well-being and enabling participation. However, parents and teachers experience difficulty because the equipment is complex and postural care is difficult to understand. In response to these concerns, a training package was developed. The aim of this training package was to improve knowledge and understanding of postural care and confidence in providing care.

Who can participate?
Parents and school staff who care for a physically disabled child who attends a mainstream primary school.

What does the study involve?
Participants are invited to take part in the 2-hour postural care training package, which aims to help you increase their knowledge, confidence and understanding of postural care. At this time they will also complete a questionnaire about their prior knowledge and understanding of postural care.
During the next 6 weeks participants will be contacted by members of the therapy team to provide support to reinforce learning of the skills gained in the workshop. Six weeks after the initial 2-hour postural care training participants will asked to complete a second questionnaire (either in person or online). Also at this final follow-up participants will be invited to a focus group to discuss feedback on the whole 6-week postural care intervention.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
It is hoped that through participating in the training package participants' knowledge about postural care will increase. In addition, it is expected that this increase in knowledge and understanding will also result in an increase in confidence when delivering postural care. In terms of risks, participants may find the postural care training package and the questionnaire too long to complete. You may also feel that some of the questions on the questionnaire are personal; however, we feel these are important questions to ask as they will help our understanding of postural care.

Where is the study run from?
The study recruited participants from West Kent, Sussex and Surrey, UK.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study started in October 2011, recruitment began in May 2012 and the study ran until November 2013.

Who is funding the study?
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), UK.

Who is the main contact?
Dr Sarah Hotham

Trial website

Contact information



Primary contact

Dr Eve Hutton


Contact details

Ethelbert Road
United Kingdom

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Study information

Scientific title

A study into the effectiveness of a postural care education program for parents and teachers who are responsible for the postural care needs of disabled children at home and school


Study hypothesis

Does providing a postural care training package to parents and teaching staff significantly improve their understanding, knowledge and confidence when following therapy programmes at home and in mainstream schools?

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Ethics approval

South East Coast-Kent REC, 27/06/2011, ref.:11/LO/0653

Study design

Non-randomised interventional treatment trial

Primary study design


Secondary study design

Non randomised study

Trial setting


Trial type

Quality of life

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Topic: Generic Health Relevance and Cross Cutting Themes; Subtopic: Generic Health Relevance (all Subtopics); Disease: Health Services Research, Paediatrics


Educational programme, 2-hour training workshop, followed by one-to-one support and advice from therapists delivered over a 6-week period.
Follow-up was 6 weeks after the postural care training workshop.

Intervention type



Not Applicable

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Primary outcome measures

Understanding, knowledge and confidence in postural care questionnaire.; Timepoint(s): Time 1 before the intervention, Time 2 following the intervention.

Secondary outcome measures

Not provided at time of registration

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Reason abandoned


Participant inclusion criteria

Postural care workshop:
Parents and teachers of primary school aged children with a physical disability, who attend a mainstream school and also receive occupational therapy/ physiotherapy.

Focus groups: Adults
All participants from the workshop will be invited to attend the focus groups.

Interviews: Children
Children of these participants will also be offered the opportunity to attend an interview.

Focus groups: Therapists
1. All therapists involved in the workshops will be eligible to participate.

Target Gender: Male & Female; Upper Age Limit 65 years ; Lower Age Limit 6 years

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Target number of participants

Planned Sample Size: 112; UK Sample Size: 112

Participant exclusion criteria

Postural care workshop:
1. Parents and teachers of children with a physical disability under the age of 4 or over the age of 11. Also those attending special schools and those not receiving therapy at the time of the study.
2. Individuals who do not have adequate understanding of English are excluded from the study. This decision was made on the on the basis that a good working knowledge of the English language would be necessary to fully participate in the intervention (workshop and completing outcome measure) and focus groups.

Focus groups: Adults, therapists and interviews with the children
Those who have not participated or whose parents have not participated in the six-week postural care intervention.

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Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
United Kingdom

Sponsor information


East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust (UK)

Sponsor details

Ethelbert Road
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

Hospital/treatment centre



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Funder name

NIHR Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB) (UK); Grant Codes: PB-PG-0110-21045

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Results and Publications

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