South African Family Practice

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Caregiver satisfaction with a multidisciplinary community-based rehabilitation programme for children with cerebral palsy in South Africa

Magugu Ngubane, Verusia Chetty


This study sought to determine the levels of satisfaction and experiences of caregivers with a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme. A total of 26 caregivers were recruited at 3 health settings in South Africa. A survey based on the Multidimensional Assessment of Parental Satisfaction for Children with Special Needs and focus-group discussions were conducted at the end of programme. The majority of the respondents were mothers and unemployed. The participants were generally satisfied with the rehabilitation. However, participants held on to myths, stereotypes, and beliefs about the cause of disability and explained the impact of stigma on having a disabled child in their communities. Caregivers perceived the benefit of rehabilitation but believed that lack of communication and consultation with health professionals limited the care.

Keywords: caregivers, cerebral palsy, multidisciplinary team, rehabilitation satisfaction
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