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Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2010 Feb;91(2):326-31. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2009.10.022.

Musculoskeletal sonography in physical and rehabilitation medicine: results of the first worldwide survey study.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Hacettepe University Medical School, Ankara, Turkey. lozcakar@yahoo.com

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To explore the current status of musculoskeletal ultrasound (MSUS) in the realm of physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR), and to determine the effects of a 1-day MSUS course on the awareness of physiatrists.

DESIGN:

Survey.

SETTING:

International Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Congress, 2009, Istanbul.

PARTICIPANTS:

Physiatrists attending the congress (n=276) and the MSUS course (n=30).

INTERVENTION:

Not applicable.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

The survey contained 17 multiple-choice and open-ended questions concerning personal background, perceptions regarding MSUS, and current use of MSUS. Additionally, a group of physicians who attended the 1-day MSUS course before the congress were evaluated twice (before and after the course) to assess the change in their awareness.

RESULTS:

Data from 306 physiatrists (with a mean experience of 10.5+/-8.1 y in the field of PMR) were evaluated. Among the participants, 57.8% were using MSUS in their diagnostic algorithms, 90.4% were thinking that physiatrists should perform sonography themselves, and 75.1% declared that they would perform sonography if they had a device. The ratio of subjects who rated MSUS to be essential for their clinical practice increased from 35.7% to 58.6% after the MSUS course (P>.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Physiatrists strongly believe that they should perform MSUS themselves, lack of education and lack of device seem to be important issues to be addressed, and even a 1-day course significantly changes awareness of MSUS.

PMID:
20159141
DOI:
10.1016/j.apmr.2009.10.022
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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