Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited, life-threatening disorder of the lungs and digestive system affecting approximately 1 in 2,500 children. Chest physiotherapy is a major component in the respiratory management of CF to help prevent lung damage. Adherence in young children is important because damage occurs rapidly and can be irreversible. However, only 50% of parents and young children adhere to their recommended regimen. Interventions to address this significant problem are lacking.

SCOOP will develop and test the feasibility of a theoretically- and empirically-informed, multi-professional intervention for parents/carers to increase physiotherapy adherence among 0-8 year olds comprising of two components: 1) An audio-visual support resource to enhance parental intentions to adhere to physiotherapy; 2) A family-specific adherence plan to facilitate the translation of intentions into behavioural change.  This will likely lead to a trial that should impact on patient outcomes such as decreasing the likelihood of lung damage thus potentially extending life.

SCOOP is led by Emma France at the University of Stirling.


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