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Factors affecting prescription and implementation of standing-frame programs by school-based physical therapists for children with impaired mobility

date: 2009 Fall;21(3):282-8. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0b013e3181b175cd
author: Taylor K.
publication: Pediatr Phys Ther.




The purpose of this study was to investigate factors considered in the prescription and implementation of standingframe programs by schoolbased physical therapists.


A 20-item survey was mailed to 500 members of the APTA Pediatric Section and SchoolBased Special Interest Group. Survey questions addressed standingframe program prescription and perceived benefits.


Response rate was 77.2%. A majority of respondents rated ambulatory status for the prescription of standingframe programs and a child‘s specific needs in the selection of a specific standing frame as very important. Respondents identified multiple benefits with pressure relief rated very important most frequently. More than 50% of respondents indicated social and educational benefits are very important. A majority of respondents prescribed standingframe programs for 30-45 minutes daily.


Variation does exist, but the majority of schoolbased physical therapists agree on several key factors in the prescription and implementation of standingframe programs.