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Parents’ Perceptions Regarding the Implementation of a Physical Therapy Stimulation Program for Children with Disabilities in Bolivia: A Qualitative Study

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Department of Nursery, Physiotherapy and Medicine, University of Almería, La Cañada de San Urbano, 04120 Almería, Spain
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Instituto de Investigaciones en Neurodesarrollo, University of San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca, 212 Zona Central, Sucre, Bolivia
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6409; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176409
Received: 20 July 2020 / Revised: 24 August 2020 / Accepted: 29 August 2020 / Published: 3 September 2020
The purpose of this study was to explore how parents of children with neuromotor disorders in the department of Chuquisaca (Bolivia) perceive attendance to a physical therapy stimulation program and the expectations they place on the therapy and professional care provided to their children. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with the parents, related to their role in supporting the recommended exercise program for the child, generating topics such as benefits of the therapy for the child, impact on the family, and role of the project in terms of therapy and the physical therapists providing treatment, including both positive and negative aspects of the overall process. This study revealed the importance of understanding the feelings of families receiving intervention under a pioneering program in Bolivia for the detection and treatment of children with neuromotor disorders. Being able to access these types of services provides them with extensive personal, social, and economic support. Knowing their concerns, desires, and demands will allow us to continue to improve and offer the best care for children and families. The professionals involved should also be encouraged to develop effective teaching techniques to promote the inclusion of parents in the stimulation program. View Full-Text
Keywords: disability; parents; children; physical therapy; Bolivia disability; parents; children; physical therapy; Bolivia
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Pérez-de la Cruz, S.; Ramírez, I. Parents’ Perceptions Regarding the Implementation of a Physical Therapy Stimulation Program for Children with Disabilities in Bolivia: A Qualitative Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6409.

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