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Degree

Master of Science

Program

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Supervisor(s)

Doreen Bartlett, Lynn Shaw

Abstract

This research aims to understand how parents use health information (such as those developed from the Move & PLAY study) with the aid of a knowledge broker when living with and caring for young children with cerebral palsy. This research was conducted under a qualitative case study methodology and used questionnaires and in-depth interviews to collect data. Findings include the complexity of both parental use of health information and the desire to use a knowledge broker. A provisional model has been created to help describe information use of parents with young children with cerebral palsy. This provisional model is an important addition to the field of knowledge translation and childhood rehabilitation, as it has implications for the facilitation of knowledge use in the everyday lives of families with children with chronic health conditions.