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Title: Patient experience of expanded-scope-of-practice musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the emergency department: a qualitative study.
Authors: Harding, Paula
Prescott, Jonathan
Block, Lenore
O'Flynn, Anne Marie
Burge, Angela T
Affiliation: Physiotherapy Department, The Alfred, PO Box 315, Prahran, Vic. 3181, Australia. Email:..
Physiotherapy Department, The Alfred, PO Box 315, Prahran, Vic. 3181, Australia. Email:..
Physiotherapy Department, Alice Springs Hospital, Gap Road, Alice Springs, NT 0870, Australia. Email:..
Physiotherapy Department, Alice Springs Hospital, Gap Road, Alice Springs, NT 0870, Australia. Email:..
Physiotherapy Department, The Alfred, PO Box 315, Prahran, Vic. 3181, Australia. Email:..
Issue Date: Jun-2015
Citation: Australian health review : a publication of the Australian Hospital Association 2015-06; 39(3): 283-289
Abstract: The increasing number of people presenting to hospital with musculoskeletal conditions places pressure on existing services, and has resulted in expanding the scope of practice of musculoskeletal physiotherapists working in emergency departments (ED). The aim of the present study was to qualitatively explore the perspectives of patients presenting with an isolated musculoskeletal condition seen by a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the ED of two Australian hospitals situated in contrasting geographical locations. Semistructured interviews were conducted with nine participants from a major metropolitan hospital and 16 participants from a remote hospital. Interviews were transcribed, coded and analysed using a thematic approach. RESULTS. The emerging themes from the two datasets were remarkably similar, so the final themes were merged. The major themes were: (1) participants were satisfied with the process and service provided by the physiotherapist; (2) the personal attributes of the physiotherapists were important to participants; (3) participant confidence in the skills and attributes of the physiotherapist made them a suitable alternative to a doctor in these situations; and (4) the timing and efficiency of the physiotherapy service was better than expected and valued. Participants from both settings described their experience in positive terms, reflecting satisfaction with their management by an expanded scope of practice musculoskeletal physiotherapist.
URI: http://docs.prosentient.com.au/prosentientjspui/handle/1/10356
DOI: 10.1071/AH14207
ISSN: 0156-5788
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Female
Humans
Interviews as Topic
Male
Middle Aged
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Qualitative Research
Young Adult
Emergency Service, Hospital
Patient Satisfaction
Physical Therapy Specialty
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