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Experiences of intervertebral motion palpation in osteopathic practice: – A qualitative interview study among Swedish osteopaths
Scandinavian School of Osteopathy, Gothenburg, Sweden; The Institute of Orthopaedic Medicine, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Department of Surgery, Institute of Clinical Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8500-2245
2017 (English)In: Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, ISSN 1360-8592, E-ISSN 1532-9283, Vol. 21, no 1, 101-108 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

Assessment in manual therapy includes quantitative and qualitative procedures, and intervertebral motion palpation (IMP) is one of the core assessment methods in osteopathic practice. The aim of this study was to explore osteopathic practitioners' experiences of clinical decision-making and IMP as a diagnostic tool for planning and evaluation of osteopathic interventions.

Method

The study was conducted with semi-structured interviews that included eight informants. Content analysis was used as the analytical procedure.

Result

In total, three categories emerged from the analysis: strategic decision-making, diagnostic usability of IMP, and treatment applicability of IMP.

Conclusion

The study indicated that IMP was considered relevant and was given particular importance in cases where IMP findings confirmed clinical information attained from other stages in the diagnostic process as a whole. However, IMP findings were experienced as less important if they were not correlated to other findings.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 21, no 1, 101-108 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-134009DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.05.008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-134009DiVA: diva2:1066339
Available from: 2017-01-17 Created: 2017-01-17 Last updated: 2017-05-04Bibliographically approved

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