Title

The self-reported factors that influence Australian physiotherapists' choice to promote non-treatment physical activity to patients with musculoskeletal conditions

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport

ISSN

1878-1861

Volume

22

Issue

3

First Page

275

Last Page

280

PubMed ID

30146474

Publisher

Elsevier Ltd

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

28824

Comments

Originally published as: Kunstler, B. E., Cook, J. L., Kemp, J. L., O'Halloran, P. D., & Finch, C. F. (2019). The self-reported factors that influence Australian physiotherapists’ choice to promote non-treatment physical activity to patients with musculoskeletal conditions. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 22(3), 275-280. Original article available here

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: To determine the factors that influence physiotherapists' choice to promote non-treatment physical activity to patients with musculoskeletal conditions.

DESIGN: Cross sectional survey.

METHODS: A national, online self report survey was targeted at Australian registered physiotherapists primarily treating patients with musculoskeletal conditions in private practice and outpatient settings. Likert scale questions were used to measure the factors influencing non-treatment physical activity promotion by physiotherapists.

RESULTS: Two hundred and sixteen full responses were received. Most (56.6%) respondents irregularly promoted non-treatment physical activity, whereas 43.4% always promoted non-treatment physical activity. Promotion of non-treatment physical activity was bivariately associated with respondents' own physical activity level (x

CONCLUSIONS: The majority of surveyed Australian physiotherapists irregularly promoted non-treatment physical activity. Lack of knowledge of how to promote non-treatment physical activity, prioritising other patient problems before non-treatment physical activity promotion and using promotion methods that are not compatible with current practice might reduce non-treatment physical activity promotion frequency by physiotherapists.

DOI

10.1016/j.jsams.2018.08.006

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