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Physiotherapy. 2017 Mar;103(1):106-112. doi: 10.1016/j.physio.2016.02.001. Epub 2016 Feb 11.

Feasibility of a physical activity pathway for Irish primary care physiotherapy services.

Author information

1
Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland. Electronic address: barrete@tcd.ie.
2
Discipline of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Ireland. Electronic address: jmhussey@tcd.ie.
3
Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Trinity College Dublin, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24, Ireland. Electronic address: darkerc@tcd.ie.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To establish consensus on a physical activity pathway suitable for use by physiotherapists in Irish primary care. The physical activity pathway "Let's Get Moving" was examined to agree recruitment criteria and seek consensus on component parts.

DESIGN:

Modified Delphi approach which attempts to achieve a convergence of opinion, over a series of iterations. Three rounds of questionnaires were used.

SETTING:

Primary care.

PARTICIPANTS:

41 senior physiotherapists working in primary care for a median of 6 years (IQR 3.7 to 8.5).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Statements achieving consensus; defined as at least 70% of participants scoring a 6 or a 7, indicating high agreement, on a 7 point Likert scale.

RESULTS:

The response rate was 98%. There was a high degree of consensus for many components of the pathway. Participants agreed that all patients attending physiotherapy should be eligible for recruitment onto the pathway as well as accepting referrals from other health professionals and direct access from the public. Private physiotherapists highlighted concerns about recruiting fee paying patients onto the pathway. The pathway should be integrated into other preventative and chronic disease programmes in primary care. Modifications to the original pathway included the use of a pedometer in addition to the General Practice Physical Activity Questionnaire. Training needs in physical activity screening and motivational interviewing, as well as additional staffing were identified to support implementation.

CONCLUSIONS:

The Physical Activity Pathway "Let's Get Moving" was accepted as a clinically feasible resource to primary care physiotherapists with some modifications and with the support of additional resources.

KEYWORDS:

Physical activity; Physical activity pathway; Physical activity promotion; Physical activity screening; Primary care

PMID:
27033781
DOI:
10.1016/j.physio.2016.02.001
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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