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Man Ther. 2014 Oct;19(5):386-91. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2013.10.004. Epub 2013 Oct 29.

Physiotherapy screening of patients referred for orthopaedic consultation in primary healthcare - a randomised controlled trial.

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1
Närhälsan Physiotherapy Clinic Tjörn, Primary Health Care, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden; The Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Physiotherapy, Gothenburg, Sweden. Electronic address: karin.samsson@vgregion.se.
2
Narhalsan Research and Development, Primary Health Care, Region Västra Götaland, Sweden; The Sahlgrenska Academy at Gothenburg University, Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, Physiotherapy, Gothenburg, Sweden.

Abstract

A large proportion of patients who consult primary healthcare for musculoskeletal pain are referred for orthopaedic consultation, but only a small number of these patients are appropriate for orthopaedic intervention. Experienced physiotherapists have the appropriate knowledge to manage musculoskeletal disorders. The primary aim of this randomised study was therefore to evaluate a screening by a physiotherapist of patients referred for orthopaedic consultation compared to standard practice in primary care. Patients referred for orthopaedic consultation (n=203) were randomised to physiotherapy screening or standard practice. Selection accuracy for orthopaedic intervention and other referrals were analysed with proportion analysis. Patient views of the quality of care were analysed with Mann-Whitney U-test, waiting time with Independent t-test. There was higher selection accuracy for orthopaedic intervention in the physiotherapy screening group (p=0.002). A smaller proportion of patients in the screening group were referred back to their general practitioner (GP) (p<0.001) and a larger proportion to the physiotherapy clinic (p<0.001) compared to standard practice. The proportion of patients referred for further investigations was significantly lower in the physiotherapy screening group (p<0.039). Waiting time was shorter in the screening group (p<0.001). A large proportion of the patients reported no hesitation to attend the clinic for future care, no difference between the groups (p<0.95). The findings in this study suggest that an experienced physiotherapist effectively can screen patients referred for orthopaedic consultation in primary healthcare.

KEYWORDS:

Orthopaedic manual therapy; Selection accuracy; Waiting time

PMID:
24246908
DOI:
10.1016/j.math.2013.10.004
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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