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J Osteoporos. 2016;2016:6967232. doi: 10.1155/2016/6967232. Epub 2016 Dec 6.

Acceptability and Feasibility of an Evidence-Based Requisition for Bone Mineral Density Testing in Clinical Practice.

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1
Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, University Health Network, Toronto, ON, Canada; Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.
2
Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto, Research Department, Toronto, ON, Canada; Family and Community Medicine, The Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough, ON, Canada.
3
Family and Community Medicine, The Scarborough Hospital, Scarborough, ON, Canada.
4
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada.

Abstract

Introduction. The purpose of this study is to understand the experience of primary care providers (PCPs) using an evidence-based requisition for bone mineral density (BMD) testing. Methods. A qualitative descriptive approach was adopted. Participants were given 3 BMD Recommended Use Requisitions (RUR) to use over a 2-month period. Twenty-six PCPs were interviewed before using the RUR. Those who had received at least one BMD report resulting from RUR use were then interviewed again. An inductive thematic analysis was performed. Results. We identified four themes in interview data: (1) positive and negative characteristics of the RUR, (2) facilitators and barriers for implementation, (3) impact of the RUR, and (4) requisition preference. Positive characteristics of the RUR related to both its content and format. Negative characteristics related to the increased amount of time needed to complete the form. Facilitators to implementation included electronic availability and organizational endorsement. Time constraints were identified as a barrier to implementation. Participants perceived that the RUR would promote appropriate referrals and the majority of participants preferred the RUR to their current requisition. Conclusions. Findings from this study provide support for the RUR as an acceptable point-of-care tool for PCPs to promote appropriate BMD testing.

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All authors declare they have no competing interests.

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