Biomechanical evaluation of health visitor training in baby hip testing for developmental dysplasia of the hip

W. George Kernohan, Ian Turner

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study was to examine the performance of health visitors in the clinical testing for signs of hip dysplasia. A kinesiological method was devised to help analyse neonatal hip manoeuvres first described by Ortolani in 1937. The apparatus comprised miniature force, displacement and rotational transducers attached to a training doll. Nine health visitors were assessed before and after a 2-hour teaching session. Improvements were evident in the measures with a concurrent improvement in diagnostic accuracy.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)141-147
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Orthopaedic Nursing
    Volume2
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 1998

    Bibliographical note

    Funding Information:
    Technical work was performed by the authors at Musuave Park Hospital, Belfast, with the support of staff from Green Park HealthcareTrust and from The Queen's University of Belfast (School of Clinical Medicine).Work was supported in part by a grant from the Department of Economic Development (Northern Ireland)

    Keywords

    • dysplasia
    • Congenital abnormality
    • hip-dysplasia

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