An exploration of therapeutic approaches used by occupational therapists and physiotherapists from different cultures when working with children with cerebral palsy
This research is undertaken by an MSc student at Oxford Brookes University Pui Yin Yu and her supervisor Dr Tanya Rihtman.
We would like to invite you to take part in our research project on the therapeutic approaches used by occupational therapists and physiotherapists. Whether or not you would like to join the study is entirely up to you.
Before you decide, it is important that you understand why the project is being carried out and what it would involve for you. Please take time to read this information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. If there is anything that is not clear, or if you would like more information, please ask us.
Thank you for taking the time to read this information sheet and for considering taking part in this project.
What is the purpose of the project?
Children with cerebral palsy (CP) present with a range of difficulties, including movement and walking disability, learning disability, challenging emotional and behavior problem. Both occupational therapists and physiotherapists support school-aged children with CP in order to improve their physical mobility, social skills, emotional and behavior problems and learning deficits. Professionals from these disciplines use a range of intervention approaches, many of which are used by members of both professions. Clinicians working with children with CP may also switch between intervention approaches due to the responses of the clients and may also select approaches based on specific characteristics of their professional training.
A study to explore what interventions clinicians from different disciplines use with school-aged children with CP would be useful to help understand similarities and differences in professional support for this population. Furthermore, it would be beneficial to understand whether exposure to different interventions through education, training and cultures, may result in clinicians from different countries using different types of intervention approaches.
This descriptive exploratory will consider the approaches occupational therapists and physiotherapists from different cultural contexts use when working with school-aged children with CP. Clinicians will be asked to provide information such as the types of CP cases they work with, information about their academic training, and information about the intervention approaches they use as well as reasons for choosing them. This study is being undertaken as part of a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Oxford Brookes University.
What will the study involve?
You will be asked to complete an anonymous online questionnaire which will gather information about your professional training and your clinical practice with school-aged children with CP. The questionnaire should take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.
Why have I been invited?
You have been chosen to take part in this study because you are a qualified and registered occupational therapist or physiotherapist who works with school-aged children with CP. You can read and respond to an English-language questionnaire.
Do I have to take part?
No. It is up to you to decide whether to take part. Your participation is entirely voluntary and you are also free to withdraw at any time while completing the questionnaire, without giving a reason. Please note that after you submit your responses, it will not be possible to withdraw your answers as the questionnaire is anonymous.
What will happen to me if I decide to take part?
If you would like to take part in the study, please continue to fill in the questionnaire through the link given in the email.
What are the possible benefits of taking part?
We cannot promise the study will help you directly, however taking part would give you the opportunity to let us know your views and experiences and this may help inform future service development and education initiatives.
Will my information be kept confidential?
This study includes an anonymous online questionnaire where none of your personal details would be collected. All information which is collected from you during the study would be kept strictly confidential. They will be destroyed by 1/9/2021; in the case that findings are deemed worthy of publication, data will be transferred to the project supervisor and to be retained in accordance with the University’s policy of Academic Integrity and kept securely in paper or electronic form for a period of ten years after the completion of a research project.
You can find out more about how we use your information by contacting the Oxford Brookes University Research Ethics Committee (
What will happen to the information/results of this study?
The study findings will be summarized and will contribute towards an MSc dissertation project. Potential participants are invited to contact the research team in May 2021 if they would like to receive a copy of the results. The findings may also be disseminated via professional conferences and journal articles. Findings from the project will be available from August 2021.
What if there is a problem?
If you have any questions about any aspects of this study, please contact the research student (Pui Yin Yu) who will do her best to answer your questions. Her contact details are at the end of this information sheet. You may also contact the research supervisor (Dr Tanya Rihtman).
If you wish to complain about any aspect of the way in which you have been approached or treated as part of being involved in the project, please contact The Chair of the University Research Ethics Committee at
Who has reviewed the study?
This study is being undertaken under the supervision of Dr Tanya Rihtman and has been reviewed by Oxford Brookes University Research Ethics Committee.
What happens next?
If you would like to take part in the study, please continue to fill in the questionnaire through the link provided. If you do not wish to take part, you do not need to do anything further.
Further information and contact details:
If you would like further information about the study at any point please contact,
Pui Yin Yu, occupational therapy MSc student email:
Dr Tanya Rihtman, research supervisor:
Thank you for taking the time to read this information!
By ticking the box, I confirm that
1. I have read and understood the information sheet (dated) for the above study. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and have had these answered satisfactorily. 2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw from the research anytime, without giving reason and without my employment being affected. 3. I understand that confidentiality can only be protected within the limits of the law and therefore it may be subject to subpoena, freedom of information claim or mandated reporting. 4. I agree to take part in the above study. 5. I give permission for anonymous quotes to be used in the reporting of the findings.
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