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New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now


18 November, 2014

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

The following are summaries of items appearing in the July 2014 issue of the New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, the official Journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand. The Journal is open access and is available at

Research reports

Physiotherapy management of knee and hip osteoarthritis: a survey of patient and medical practitioners’ expectations, experiences and perceptions of effectiveness of treatment, by Duncan A Reid, Geoffrey Potts, Mark Burnett, and Ben Konings. Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common cause of hip and knee pain. Current research advocates physiotherapy as an effective form of treatment to help manage OA. The aim of the study was to investigate the self-reported behaviour, experiences, expectations, and perceptions of general practitioners (GPs), orthopaedic surgeons, and patients with regard to physiotherapy referral and management of individuals with OA of the hip and knee.

Does use of the Cough Assist Machine reduce respiratory morbidity for children with neuromuscular disease? By Rachel Phillips, Elizabeth Edwards, David McNamara, Peter Reed. The role of the Cough Assist Machine (CAM) in the long term respiratory management of children with neuromuscular disease (NMD) is unclear. This study examined the impact of regular, home use of the CAM on the respiratory status of six children with NMD and significant respiratory morbidity. Individualised CAM programmes were devised to be undertaken regularly.

Learning needs analysis comparing novice and expert opinion, to develop a simulation-based intensive care unit training programme, byDaniel R Seller, Robert O’Brien, Kim Brock. A learning needs analysis was performed using an online survey to establish the most appropriate curriculum for a simulation-based intensive care training programme for junior physiotherapists. Perceptions were compared between an intensive care-naive ‘novice’ group of rotational physiotherapists from a single tertiary teaching hospital in Melbourne, Australia, and an ‘expert’ group of senior intensive care physiotherapists from across Australia.

The Patient-Rated Wrist and Hand Evaluation: a systematic review of its validity and reliability, by Julie Taylor, PaulaKersten. The Patient-Rated Wrist and Hand Evaluation is a region specific, patient reported outcome measure that aims to evaluate pain and disability of the wrist and hand. This review appraised the evidence for the validity and reliability of the Patient-Rated Wrist and Hand Evaluation as a measure of therapeutic outcomes in musculoskeletal conditions affecting the wrist and hand.

Older adults’ experiences of community integration following traumatic brain injury by James Kent, Valerie A Wright-St Clair, Paula Kersten.Literature suggests community integration should be the primary rehabilitation goal for older people following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, little is known about older people’s lived experience of community integration following TBI. This mixed method study explores community integration from the perspective of four older adults following mild TBI, and compares findings with results from two community integration outcome measures: the Community Integration Questionnaire (CIQ) and the Community Integration Measure (CIM).

ML Roberts Prize Winner

These two studies were the joint winner of the ML Roberts prize awarded for the best 4th year undergraduate research project at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago in 2013.

The reliability of measuring the inter-recti distance using high-resolution and low-resolution ultrasound imaging comparing a novice to an experienced sonographer, by Tom Iwan, Briar Garton, Richard Ellis.

The feasibility and acceptability of using mobile methods for capturing and analysing data about dog-walking and human health, by Carla Cameron, Catherine M Smith, Steve Tumilty, Gareth J Treharne.

Invited Clinical Commentary

Sexual wellbeing for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: relevance and roles for physiotherapy, by William MM Levack.Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fifth leading cause of disability worldwide. The purpose of this article is to provide an overview of current knowledge on sexual wellbeing in people with COPD, with particular attention to the possible role of physiotherapy in helping address problems with sexuality resulting from the condition.

Clinically Applicable Paper

Randomized trial of trigger point acupuncture treatment for chronic shoulder pain: a preliminary study, by Michelle Hall. The aim of this randomised and sham controlled, clinical trial was to determine if trigger point acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic shoulder pain.

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