What do you as a client want from your consultation?

Posted by Helen Potter on 22 October 2017 | Filed under Acute Back Pain, In Touch Physiotherapy, Pain, Physiotherapy

Recent research asked this question.
Participants completed a survey assessing how important five aspects of physiotherapy care were in their initial decision to present to a primary care physiotherapist.

These aspects were:
diagnosis;
information and education;
treatment for pain relief;
treatment to improve function;
and prevention.

The survey also collected characteristics of the patients and information about their presentation to the physiotherapist, to assess whether these factors were associated with the aspects of physiotherapy care that they considered most important.

Results
A total of 500 surveys were completed. All five aspects of physiotherapy care were considered either ‘quite important’ or ‘extremely important’ by most participants

diagnosis 65%;
information and education 68%;
pain relief 89%;
improved function 93%;
prevention 90%

Patient factors were associated with the participants’ ratings of importance. Female participants and those with spinal pain more commonly rated pain relief as highly important.

Conclusion
This study demonstrated that most patients presenting to primary care physiotherapists value all aspects of physiotherapy care and do not simply want treatment for pain. Patient characteristics were associated with what individual patients considered the most important reason for presenting to a private primary care physiotherapist. [McRae M, Hancock MJ (2017) Adults attending private physiotherapy practices seek diagnosis, pain relief, improved function, education and prevention: a survey. Journal of Physiotherapy 63: 250–256]

Key words:
Physiotherapy, Treatment

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