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Clinicians’ Experiences of Instrumented Gait Analysis in Management of Patients with Cerebral Palsy: A Qualitative Study

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Anna Hebda-Boon, Bairu Zhang, Augustine Amankwah, Adam P. Shortland, Dylan Morrissey

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)403-415
Number of pages13
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Volume42
Issue number4
Early online date15 Feb 2022
DOIs
Accepted/In press30 Jan 2022
E-pub ahead of print15 Feb 2022
Published2022

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Funding Information: This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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Aim: To identify the interaction of instrumented gait analysis (IGA) training, expertise, and application in gait-related management of cerebral palsy. Methods: Semi-structured interviews with 20 purposively sampled clinicians with varying professional backgrounds, expertise, and training, analyzed using the framework method. Results: Fifteen sub-themes were identified within three domains: training, equipment/outputs, and roles/reasons under the core theme IGA practice. Findings were illustrated using the Experience/Equipment/Roles/Training (Exp-ERT) Framework which identifies four user categories–based on influencing factors, beset by barriers, with experience reported as a common enabling factor. Clinicians who encountered barriers in one of the domains were categorized as either “frustrated” or “hesitant” users. Those who were no longer using IGA for clinical decisions were designated “confident non-users”. Finally, the ‘confident experts’ reported the required level of training and access to interpret IGA outputs for clinical decision-making. Expertise gained at any level of clinical practice was shown to initiate advancement within domains. Conclusions: Clinicians encounter a multitude of barriers to IGA practice that can result in failure to progress or impact on clinical decision-making. The Exp-ERT Framework emerges strongly from the data and could serve as an evaluation tool to diagnose barriers to confident expertise and support IGA-related professional development planning.

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