Without ETT being taught at undergraduate level and with minimal paediatric-specific courses available to learn taping, the extent to which clinicians are using ETT in the paediatric population and their training, experience, rationale for using ETT and understanding of its perceived mechanism remain unclear.
We are carrying out research using a combination of semi-structured interviews and a survey to explore therapists’ opinions on processes, practice and perceived mechanisms of action of ETT, and also to assess whether people’s level of experience affects their views on ETT. We will be working with physiotherapists and occupational therapists who work with a paediatric caseload.
We are working with the College of Occupational Therapists, special interest group Children, Young People and Families and with the Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists as ‘gate keepers’ who are helping to distribute this survey. Recruitment for the interviews will be through the survey. Participant information sheets for both the survey and interviews are available below.