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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103-108

Awareness of onco-physiotherapy among urban adult population

Department of Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiotherapy, KJ Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Dr. Akanksha Yogeshwar Dekate
KJ Somaiya College of Physiotherapy, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_81_22

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Context: Physiotherapy is a health-care profession concerned with human functions and movements and aims at maximizing its potential. Physiotherapy as profession specializes in various fields such as musculoskeletal, neurology, cardiorespiratory, community, sports, and oncology. Onco-physiotherapy is a new specialized branch which aims to resolve the impairments caused by cancer and its treatment regimes. However, the awareness of this specialized branch of physiotherapy in general population is lesser known. Aim: The objective is to assess awareness of onco-physiotherapy among urban adult population. Settings and design: Descriptive study on urban population Methods and materials: Self-administered questionnaire was made on Google forms with close-ended questions. The questionnaire was circulated among urban adult population with the age group between 18 and 60 years through social media for 2 weeks. Statistical Analsysis Used: Data were collected, tabulated on Google Spreadsheet and descriptive statistics applied. Results: Three hundred and twenty-three people who participated in this study which were in the age group of 18–60 years. Out of the total 323 respondents, 172 respondents were women and 151 were men. Majority of population, i.e., 64.1% were not aware about physiotherapy in cancer treatment. 46.4% population did not know when physiotherapy should be started in cancer patients. 9.5% population were not aware of onco-physiotherapy setup. The data reveals that there is a lack of awareness of onco-physiotherapy in urban adult population. Conclusion: Lack of awareness of onco-physiotherapy among urban adult population. Lack of referral system.

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