Effects of An Educational Programme on Knowledge of Cerebral Palsy among Informal Caregivers of Children Presenting at Selected Physiotherapy Clinics in Ibadan

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  •   Opemipo Omolara Ajayi

  •   Margaret Bukola Fatudimu

  •   Talhatu Kolapo Hamzat

Abstract

Background: Children with Cerebral Palsy (CP) often require assistance from their informal caregivers to perform age-expected functions. These caregivers require sufficient knowledge of CP to effectively perform their roles. Effects of a structured education programme to improve CP knowledge among caregivers have been separately studied using single-module and multi-module educational programmes Information is however scarce on their differential effects.


Objective: To compare the effects of single and multi-module educational programme interventions on the knowledge of CP among their informal caregivers.


Methods: A quasi-experimental design involving 40 consecutively sampled informal caregivers of children with CP. They were assigned into either the single-module or the multi-module educational intervention groups. Baseline and post-intervention knowledge of CP were assessed using the Knowledge of Cerebral Palsy Questionnaire and compared using Wilcoxon signed- rank test and Mann-Whitney U test at p=0.05.


Results: There was a significant within-group increase in the knowledge of CP in each of the two groups (p=0.001). Between-groups comparison revealed no statistically significant difference in the effects of either models (p= 0.26).


Conclusion: The single-module and multiple module educational programme are equally effective in improving knowledge of CP and should be incorporated into the total management of CP.


Keywords: Caregiver, cerebral palsy, disease knowledge, education

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Ajayi, O. O., Fatudimu, M. B., & Hamzat, T. K. (2022). Effects of An Educational Programme on Knowledge of Cerebral Palsy among Informal Caregivers of Children Presenting at Selected Physiotherapy Clinics in Ibadan. European Journal of Medical and Health Sciences, 4(2), 57–62. https://doi.org/10.24018/ejmed.2022.4.2.1275