Office: (352) 273-9120
Fax: (352) 273-5941
Address: UF Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Gainesville, FL 32610-0296
Physical Therapy was established in the division of pediatric hematology/oncology to provide comprehensive care to the patient population undergoing chronic medical treatment. The goal of the Physical Therapy service within the pediatric hematology/oncology out patient department is to identify and treat early and late effects of the chemotherapeutic agents or medications (the child is receiving) which may cause musculoskeletal and/or cardiorespiratory system impairments which restrict the child from participating in daily activity. The primary purpose is to allow the child to continue to function in the least restrictive environment while engaged in the hematology/oncology process so that they may be interactive in peer, family and community relationships while medically stable and to reduce the long term effects of chemotherapy on the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems. Over the past year, a clinic space has evolved within the pediatric out patient clinic which has been designated for the consultation, evaluation, triage and treatment of the pediatric hematology/oncology patient. The PT is coordinated with the medical care that the child is receiving at the clinic and is prescribed by the physician. The PT also acts as a facilitator and mediator for related services provided in the school and community.
Barbara J. Bour is the PT working in the clinic in the pediatric hematology/oncology out patient department. She is a Clinical Lecturer in the department of Physical Therapy at the University of Florida. She has extensive practical clinical experience specializing in pediatrics. Her assignment includes teaching in the physical therapy curriculum in the College of Health and Health Professions and providing clinical treatment to patients within the UF&Shands healthcare system. She has devoted the past four years to the specialty of oncology working with adults undergoing the process of radiation and/or chemotherapy and pediatric patients undergoing chemotherapy. At this time, her assignment is designated solely to the pediatric hematology/oncology population. She is available at the clinic daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. except when teaching at UF.