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Trial registered on ANZCTR


Registration number
ACTRN12613000753752
Ethics application status
Approved
Date submitted
28/06/2013
Date registered
5/07/2013
Date last updated
5/05/2015
Type of registration
Retrospectively registered

Titles & IDs
Public title
Minimum standards of practice for physiotherapists working in Australasian critical care: a Delphi study
Scientific title
Minimum standards of practice for physiotherapists working in Australasian critical care: a Delphi study
Secondary ID [1] 282760 0
Nil
Universal Trial Number (UTN)
Trial acronym
Linked study record

Health condition
Health condition(s) or problem(s) studied:
Lack of minimum clinical practice standards for physiotherapists working in critical care 289500 0
Condition category
Condition code
Physical Medicine / Rehabilitation 289826 289826 0 0
Physiotherapy
Public Health 289883 289883 0 0
Health service research

Intervention/exposure
Study type
Observational
Patient registry
False
Target follow-up duration
Target follow-up type
Description of intervention(s) / exposure
We are inviting participants to complete up to three questionnaires (of 1-2 hours duration) over a period of up to six months on their perspectives of the criteria required for successful independent physiotherapist practice in the intensive care unit.
Intervention code [1] 287425 0
Not applicable
Comparator / control treatment
N/A
Control group
Uncontrolled

Outcomes
Primary outcome [1] 289892 0
Consensus standards of minimum clinical practice for physiotherapists working in critical care. This outcome will be assessed by the proportion of physiotherapists agreeing that specific items defined a priori are essential as a minimum practice standard.
Timepoint [1] 289892 0
The consensus standard will be measured via cross-sectional survey at three time points (over a duration of up to six months) spaced approximately 8 weeks apart.
Secondary outcome [1] 303497 0
N/A
Timepoint [1] 303497 0
N/A

Eligibility
Key inclusion criteria
Physiotherapy specialists/fellows; senior physiotherapy critical care clinicians; physiotherapy academics in cardiorespiratory education.
Minimum age
18 Years
Maximum age
No limit
Gender
Both males and females
Can healthy volunteers participate?
Yes
Key exclusion criteria
Nil.

Study design
Purpose
Natural history
Duration
Cross-sectional
Selection
Defined population
Timing
Prospective
Statistical methods / analysis
This is a Delphi consensus panel. Consensus will be defined according to Delphi criteria of frequency of ratings.

Recruitment
Recruitment status
Completed
Date of first participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last participant enrolment
Anticipated
Actual
Date of last data collection
Anticipated
Actual
Sample size
Target
Accrual to date
Final
Recruitment in Australia
Recruitment state(s)
ACT,NSW,NT,QLD,SA,TAS,WA,VIC
Recruitment outside Australia
Country [1] 5165 0
New Zealand
State/province [1] 5165 0

Funding & Sponsors
Funding source category [1] 287527 0
Charities/Societies/Foundations
Name [1] 287527 0
Physiotherapy Research Foundation
Address [1] 287527 0
201 Fitzroy Street
St Kilda
Victoria 3182
Country [1] 287527 0
Australia
Primary sponsor type
University
Name
University of Notre Dame
Address
19 Mouat Street (PO Box 1225)
Fremantle WA 6959
Country
Australia
Secondary sponsor category [1] 286277 0
University
Name [1] 286277 0
Auckland University of Technology
Address [1] 286277 0
55 Wellesley Street East
Auckland Central 1010
Country [1] 286277 0
New Zealand
Other collaborator category [1] 277499 0
Individual
Name [1] 277499 0
Dr Elizabeth Skinner
Address [1] 277499 0
Western Centre for Health Research and Education
176 Furlong Road
Sunshine VIC 3022
Country [1] 277499 0
Australia
Other collaborator category [2] 277500 0
Individual
Name [2] 277500 0
Dr Peter Thomas
Address [2] 277500 0
Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital
Cnr Butterfield St and Bowen Bridge Rd
HERSTON, QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA 4029
Country [2] 277500 0
Australia

Ethics approval
Ethics application status
Approved
Ethics committee name [1] 289508 0
University of Notre Dame
Ethics committee address [1] 289508 0
19 Mouat Street (PO Box 1225)
Fremantle WA 6959
Ethics committee country [1] 289508 0
Australia
Date submitted for ethics approval [1] 289508 0
Approval date [1] 289508 0
12/02/2013
Ethics approval number [1] 289508 0
EC00418
Ethics committee name [2] 289509 0
Auckland University of Technology
Ethics committee address [2] 289509 0
Ethics committee country [2] 289509 0
New Zealand
Date submitted for ethics approval [2] 289509 0
Approval date [2] 289509 0
11/04/2013
Ethics approval number [2] 289509 0

Summary
Brief summary
This project is investigating minimum standards of practice and education for physiotherapists working in Australasian intensive care units.

The lack of consistency in professional standards and dedicated training poses a substantial threat to the practice of physiotherapy and the credibility of the profession within the critical care unit. To provide 24 hour, 7 day a week services, many physiotherapy staff are required to contribute to critical care rosters, regardless of their primary discipline or interest (e.g. orthopaedics). Traditionally physiotherapists complete a tailored, in-house intensive care orientation including theory, clinical skills training and clinical practice until deemed competent by another staff physiotherapist. This process is subjective, requires extensive familiarization and additional skills in assessment and treatment. Educational requirements for competency training are not standardized across or within Australia or NZ, and are established by individual networks, with large variability in the content, requirements and duration of the education provided.

A panel of participants will be selected to reflect the range of stakeholders who have an interest in the outcomes of the project (Boulkedid, Abdoul, Loustau, Sibony, & Alberti, 2011). Sixty-one participants from across Australia and NZ will be invited on to the panel, including Physiotherapy Specialists/Fellows in critical care, senior physiotherapy critical care clinicians, and physiotherapy academics in cardiorespiratory education.

The Delphi survey plan will consist of two or three rounds of surveys.
Trial website
N/A
Trial related presentations / publications
None available currently
Public notes

Contacts
Principal investigator
Name 41130 0
Dr Elizabeth Skinner
Address 41130 0
Western Centre for Health Research and Education
176 Furlong Road
Sunshine VIC 3022
Country 41130 0
Australia
Phone 41130 0
+61419101708
Fax 41130 0
Email 41130 0
elizabeth.skinner@wh.org.au
Contact person for public queries
Name 41131 0
Dr Elizabeth Skinner
Address 41131 0
Western Centre for Health Research and Education
176 Furlong Road
Sunshine VIC 3022
Country 41131 0
Australia
Phone 41131 0
+61419101708
Fax 41131 0
Email 41131 0
elizabeth.skinner@wh.org.au
Contact person for scientific queries
Name 41132 0
Dr Elizabeth Skinner
Address 41132 0
Western Centre for Health Research and Education
176 Furlong Road
Sunshine VIC 3022
Country 41132 0
Australia
Phone 41132 0
+61419101708
Fax 41132 0
Email 41132 0
elizabeth.skinner@wh.org.au

No information has been provided regarding IPD availability
Summary results
Have study results been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Other publications
Have study results been made publicly available in another format?
Results – basic reporting
Results – plain English summary