Problems Faced by Parents in Care of Children with Congenital Clubfoot

Bhaumika Sharma


Objective: This study aims to identify physical, psychological, social and financial problems faced by parents in care of children with congenital clubfoot.

Methods: A cross-sectional study among 52 parents of congenital clubfoot child was commenced purposively who attended Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children (HRDC) outpatient department for treatment. The self-constructed tool with 22 item 5-point Likert scale questionnaire was used for interview. Confidentiality and privacy of the participants was maintained.  The internal consistency of the tool after pretesting was as high as 0.887. Descriptive statistics i.e. frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation was used for data analysis. 

Results: The study revealed that most of the clubfoot children had bilateral clubfoot (55.8%).  Parents (57.7%) had “quite a bit†problem with cutting down work time, (61.5%) “very much†worried about their child’s future, (19.2%) “a little†problems with interaction with other people and (48.1%) had “quite a bit†decreasing source of income. 

Conclusion: The parents got less time for work and had decrease in income. The parents faced fewer problems in financial aspect due to free hospital services and were also worried about their children’s future. An awareness and counseling program about free health services and health condition is recommended.


Keywords: Problems faced, Parents, Congenital Clubfoot, Children

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