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dc.contributor.authorShaw, Jade
dc.description.abstractThe under-recognised and often misdiagnosed condition of dysfunctional breathing (DB) requires urgent critical investigation of the practices, experiences, and perspectives that underlie current clinical practice. The objective was to explore current clinical practices, experiences, and perspectives of healthcare practitioners currently attending to DB. This qualitative exploratory study employed interpretive description.Referral and snowball sampling recruited six participants. Data collection methods involved semi-structured in-depth interviews with three osteopaths and three physiotherapists. Interviews were deconstructed and analysed, and themes were developed. The complex journey to optimal breathing emerged as the overarching theme in narratives of the participants’ own experiences. Three sub-themes were developed highlighting the complex nature of DB: 1) missed by both patient and practitioner, 2) re-establishing a mind-body connection, and 3) a multifaceted approach is key. Findings suggest that there is a general lack of awareness surrounding DB by the general population and possibly by many healthcare practitioners. A lack of identification impacts patient quality of life and can lead to chronic musculoskeletal adaptations. Establishing a mind-body connection allows patients to establish a level of body awareness that allows a change in their breathing pattern back to an efficient and relaxed state that impacts presenting symptoms. A multifaceted approach to treatment is critical to making maximum changes and optimising clinical outcomes.en_NZ
dc.subjectbreathing dysfunctionen_NZ
dc.subjectbreathing pattern disordersen_NZ
dc.subjecthyperventilation syndromeen_NZ
dc.subjectinterpretive descriptionen_NZ
dc.subjectmanual therapyen_NZ
dc.subjectpractitioner perspectivesen_NZ
dc.subjectqualitative researchen_NZ
dc.subjectabnormal breathing pattern disordersen_NZ
dc.subjectosteopathic medicineen_NZ
dc.titleCurrent clinical practices, experiences, and perspectives of healthcare practitioners who attend to dysfunctional breathing : a qualitative studyen_NZ
dc.typeMasters Thesisen_NZ of Osteopathyen_NZ Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden110499 Complementary and Alternative Medicine not elsewhere classifieden_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationShaw, J. (2016). Current clinical practices, experiences, and perspectives of healthcare practitioners who attend to dysfunctional breathing: A qualitative study. An unpublished thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Osteopathy, Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.advisor.principalBacon, Catherine
unitec.advisor.associatedNiven, Elizabeth

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