Date of Award

1998

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

Department

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson

Keywords

Urinary Incontinence -- therapy; Rural Health

Abstract

Physical therapy is a useful conservative treatment option for individuals portraying Urinary Incontinence (VI). Physical Therapists (PTs) are not utilizing it as often as they could. Documentation of resources available in rural states is particularly lacking. The purpose of this study is to investigate and document the availability of physical therapy services for individuals with UI in the state of Wyoming. It will also establish the geographical areas in the state where UI treatment is an option and the areas were a void is noted.

Subjects for this study included all licensed Physical Therapists in Wyoming. The PTs knowledge and use of UI treatment was assessed through a survey, which were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results showed 6.S percent of the therapists offer treatment. Twenty-three percent of PTs that do not offer treatment are aware of colleagues in their area that offer the services and 16 percent refer patients to them.

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