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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

Nancy A. Cicirello, MPH, PT

Second Advisor

Kenneth W. Bush, MPT, PhD, PT


This study investigated self-reported compliance with home therapeutic exercise programs among individuals who were patients at one of two outpatient physical therapy clinics. Information was collected regarding demographics, environmental, social, psychological, regimen-related, and therapist-patient relationship barriers to compliance. A significant correlation (p<.005) was found between a high rate of compliance and those who answered "strongly agree" or "agree" to the question, "Do you feel your home program is helping you?" Significant correlations were also discovered between patient compliance and the ability of the patient to remember the home programs (p<.05), the patient living with someone else (p<.02), patient education level (p


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