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In the physio we trust: A qualitative study on patients preferences for physiotherapy
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Regional Vastra Gotaland, Sweden.
Regional Västra Gotaland, Sweden; University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Physiotherapy. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
2017 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 33, no 7, 535-549 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: Patients preferences should be integrated in evidence-based practice. This study aimed to explore patients preferences for physiotherapy treatment and participation in decision making. Methods: A qualitative study set in an urban physiotherapy clinic in Gothenburg, Sweden. Individual, semi-structured interviews were conducted with 20 individuals who sought physiotherapy for musculoskeletal disorders. The interviews were recorded, transcribed, and analyzed with qualitative content analysis. Results: An overarching theme, embracing six categories, was conceptualized: Trust in the physiotherapist fosters active engagement in therapy. The participants preferred active treatment strategies such as exercise and advice for self-management, allowing them to actively engage in their therapy. Some preferred passive treatments. Key influencers on treatment preferences were previous experiences and media. All participants wanted to be involved in the clinical decision making, but to varying extents. Some expressed a preference for an active role and wanting to share decisions while others were content with a passive role. Expectations for a professional management were reflected in trust and confidence in physiotherapists skills and competence, expectations for good outcomes, and believing that treatment methods should be evidence-based. Conclusion: Trust in the physiotherapists competence, as well as a desire to participate in clinical decision making, fosters active engagement in physiotherapy.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC , 2017. Vol. 33, no 7, 535-549 p.
Keyword [en]
Guidelines; patient preferences; physical therapy; primary care; shared decision making
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Physiotherapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-139306DOI: 10.1080/09593985.2017.1328720ISI: 000403937700003PubMedID: 28590787OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-139306DiVA: diva2:1120949
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Funding Agencies|Local Research and Development Board for Gothenburg; Local Research and Development Board for Sodra Bohuslan

Available from: 2017-07-07 Created: 2017-07-07 Last updated: 2017-07-07

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