Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 9; Issue 3 (June 2021)

Page No.: 3834-3842

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2021.122

Perception and Knowledge Regarding Role of Physiotherapy in Oral/Mouth Cancer Survivors amongst Non-Medical Professionals: An E-Survey

Renu  Pattanshetty *1, Siddhi  Gotecha 2, Harshitha  Hugar 3.

*1 Professor and Head, Department of Oncology Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India.

2,3 Intern, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India.

Corresponding Author: Dr.  Renu  Pattanshetty  MPT, Ph.D., Professor and  Head,   Department of Oncology  Physiotherapy, KAHER  Institute of  Physiotherapy,  Belagavi,  Karnataka, India.
Mob.  No.:  +91 9448482564 E-Mail: renu_kori@rediffmail.com


Background & Objectives: About 5 million people are diagnosed  with  cancer worldwide. 50% are expected to live at least 5 years with most survivors living with cancer related  disabilities. Physiotherapy rehabilitation becomes crucial for  better  quality of  life after cancer treatment. The objective of the present study was to assess the perception and knowledge regarding role of physiotherapy in oral/mouth cancer survivors amongst non medical professionals  in  India.

Methodology:  This  e-survey  was conducted using a  self -prepared  questionnaire  in  English  language carried  out  for  a  period  of  3  months. Questionnaire   was  circulated  among  respondents  across  India via  social  media

Results: Out  of  265  respondents,  a  total  of  92.8% respondents had  fair  knowledge   regarding  oral  cancer  and  its  causes. 57.7% respondents  had  knowledge  about  problems  faced  by   oral  cancer  survivors. Physiotherapy  as  a  treatment  option  was  known  to    87.9%. 75%  respondents possessed knowledge  of  physiotherapy  in  treating  functional  limitations seen  in oral cancer patients .

Conclusion: There was sufficient  knowledge  among  the respondents   regarding  oral  cancer  and  physiotherapy  treatment  in  oral  cancer  survivors.  However, there  is  a  dire  need  to  take  measures  to  assess  the  awareness  of  physiotherapy  in  cancer  to  improve  quality  of  life  amongst   rural  population.

Key words:  Perception, Oral cancer survivors, Human papilloma virus (HPV),  Palliative care,  Physiotherapy, Quality  of  life.


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Cite this article: Renu Pattanshetty, Siddhi Gotecha, Harshitha Hugar.  Perception and Knowledge Regarding Role of Physiotherapy in Oral/Mouth Cancer Survivors amongst Non Medical Professionals: An E-Survey. Int J Physiother Res 2021;9(3):3834-3842. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2021.122