ETT Survey

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists, working in paediatrics, use a wide range of treatment techniques to help those on their caseloads. In recent years, Elastic Therapeutic Taping (ETT) has become more popular in all areas of physiotherapy and occupational therapy. However, as with many treatments, there is an inconclusive evidence base, particularly in paediatrics.
 
Without ETT being taught at undergraduate level and with minimal paediatric specific courses available to learn taping, it remains unclear to what extent clinicians are using ETT in the paediatric population, their training, experience, rationale for use and understanding of its perceived mechanism.

About the study

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 if people’s level of experience affects 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 Physiotherapist 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.

Research Team

  • Samantha Payne, Clinical Researcher and Paediatric Physiotherapist – University of Plymouth
  • Dr Mary Cramp, Research Supervisor – University of West of England

Funding

There are no external funding bodies for this study. 

Trial Sponsor: University of Plymouth

Ethical approval has been gained by: University of Plymouth, Faculty Research Ethics and Integrity Committee. Reference 2470