Management Strategies for Musculoskeletal Stress in the Parents of Children with Restricted Mobility

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This article presents the results of a postal survey of parents caring for children with restricted mobility in Southern Derbyshire. The survey investigated the incidence of musculoskeletal problems in the study group and looked at the ways that these parents managed to care for them elves and what strategies they used to perform tasks that involved lifting and supporting their child.

The results revealed a high incidence of musculoskeletal problems, particularly back pain. Few parents had received advice on lifting and handling issues, although they considered it useful. Their use of and attitude towards lifting equipment was poor; however, housing adaptations were instigated and valued. The implications for occupational therapy are considered and areas for further research are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: May 1, 1999

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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