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New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now


27 July, 2015

New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy out now

The New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy has just been released with open access and gives insight to some current physiotherapy research. It is the official Journal of Physiotherapy New Zealand and below are some summaries of items appearing in the July 2015 issue, which is the second of three Journals for 2015.


Disability and physical activity in youth with disabilities. Jennifer L Rowland

Research Review

Musculoskeletal physiotherapy within a community health centre. Meredith Perry, Sarah, Featherston, Tom McSherry, Georgia Milne, Tara Ruhen, Karen Wright. This study assessed whether the provision of a musculoskeletal physiotherapy service within a Community Health Centre situated in a high deprivation area would change access rates.

What factors affect attendance at musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient services for patients from a high deprivation area in New Zealand? Meredith Perry, Sheena Hudson, Nick Clode, Karen Wright, David Baxter. Barriers to accessing health services in New Zealand may manifest in inequalities. This study explored barriers and facilitators to accessing a District Health Board funded musculoskeletal physiotherapy outpatient service situated in two different geographical locations.

Case Study

Rehabilitation post paediatric cardiac transplant. Emma Reynolds. The purpose of this case report is to present the outpatient cardiac transplant rehabilitation of a paediatric patient in New Zealand. Currently there is little evidence in the field of rehabilitation post paediatric cardiac transplant.

Case Series

Immediate effects of sensory discrimination for chronic low back pain. Adriaan Louw, Kevin Farrell, Lauren Wettach, Justine Uhl, Katherine Majkowski, Marcus Welding. Can a brief tactile intervention associated with brain remapping improve pain and spinal movement in patients with chronic low back pain? A convenience sample of patients with chronic low back pain completed various pre-intervention measurements including low back pain (Numeric Pain Rating Scale), fear-avoidance (Fear Avoidance Beliefs Questionnaire), disability (Oswestry Disability Index) and spinal flexion (fingertip-to-floor).

Clinically Applicable Paper

Hydrotherapy exercise programmes in patients with chronic heart failure. Bianca Graetz, Marcus Sullivan, Trina Robertson, Julie Reeve. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether hydrotherapy programmes improve exercise tolerance and quality of life in patients with chronic heart failure.

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