Physical Therapists

Publication Title: 
Physical Therapy

BACKGROUND: Low back pain is often accepted as a "normal" part of pregnancy. Despite research suggesting that quality of life for women who are pregnant is adversely affected, most are advised to self-manage. Although the use of acupuncture for the management of persistent nonspecific low back pain has been recommended in recent UK national guidelines, its use in the management of pregnancy-related low back pain remains limited.

Author(s): 
Waterfield, Jackie
Bartlam, Bernadette
Bishop, Annette
Holden, Melanie A.
Barlas, Panos
Foster, Nadine E.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Previous studies show an increased interest and usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the general population and among health care workers both internationally and nationally. CAM usage is also reported to be common among surgical patients. Earlier international studies have reported that a large amount of surgical patients use it prior to and after surgery. Recent publications indicate a weak knowledge about CAM among health care workers. However the current situation in Sweden is unknown.

Author(s): 
Bjerså, Kristofer
Stener Victorin, Elisabet
Fagevik Olsén, Monika
Publication Title: 
Medical Teacher

BACKGROUND: Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is a whole-curriculum concept. AIM: This study aimed to compare learning preferences and strategies between physical therapy students taught by PBL and those receiving conventional lectures on massage therapy, trauma physical therapy, and electrotherapy, hydrotherapy, and thermotherapy. METHODS: This quasi-experimental study included 182 male and female students on physical therapy diploma courses at three universities in Andalusia (Spain).

Author(s): 
Castro-Sánchez, Adelaida M.
Aguilar-Ferrándiz, María Encarnación M. E.
Matarán-Peñarrocha, Guillermo A. Ga
Iglesias-Alonso, Alberto A.
Fernández-Fernández, Maria Jesus M. J.
Moreno-Lorenzo, Carmen C.
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Previous studies show an increased interest and usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the general population and among health care workers both internationally and nationally. CAM usage is also reported to be common among surgical patients. Earlier international studies have reported that a large amount of surgical patients use it prior to and after surgery. Recent publications indicate a weak knowledge about CAM among health care workers. However the current situation in Sweden is unknown.

Author(s): 
Bjerså, Kristofer
Stener Victorin, Elisabet
Fagevik Olsén, Monika
Publication Title: 
Gesnerus

The institutionalization of physical therapy in Switzerland took place in the inter-war period. This article aims to relate the initiation of this process in the Canton of Vaud, as a specific example that will nevertheless be compared with the Swiss and international contexts. This story occurs around three major events between 1928 and 1945: the massage becomes a regulated profession, followed by the emergence of a professional association and a specialized school.

Author(s): 
Hasler, Véronique
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Previous studies show an increased interest and usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in the general population and among health care workers both internationally and nationally. CAM usage is also reported to be common among surgical patients. Earlier international studies have reported that a large amount of surgical patients use it prior to and after surgery. Recent publications indicate a weak knowledge about CAM among health care workers. However the current situation in Sweden is unknown.

Author(s): 
Bjerså, Kristofer
Stener Victorin, Elisabet
Fagevik Olsén, Monika
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of this survey was to investigate complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use by physiotherapists for the treatment of low back pain (LBP). METHODS: Questionnaires (n=1000) were distributed to physiotherapists randomly selected from the UK's Organisation of Chartered Physiotherapists in Private Practice (OCPPP). Results were analysed by SPSS. RESULTS: A response rate of 46% was obtained (n=459). 94.3% of respondents stated that they currently treated LBP; the most common CAMs used by physiotherapists were acupuncture (46.9%) and massage (2.1%).

Author(s): 
Hughes, C. M.
Quinn, F.
Baxter, G. D.
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Pain (London, England)

BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that health care professional (HCP) attitudes and beliefs may negatively influence the beliefs of patients with low back pain (LBP), but this has not been systematically reviewed. This review aimed to investigate the association between HCP attitudes and beliefs and the attitudes and beliefs, clinical management, and outcomes of this patient population. METHODS: Electronic databases were systematically searched for all types of studies. Studies were selected by predefined inclusion criteria.

Author(s): 
Darlow, B.
Fullen, B. M.
Dean, S.
Hurley, D. A.
Baxter, G. D.
Dowell, A.
Publication Title: 
Family Practice

BACKGROUND: Chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP) is treated in primary care by a wide range of health professionals including chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists. AIMS: To explore patients and chiropractors, osteopaths and physiotherapists' beliefs about CMP and its treatment and how these beliefs influenced care seeking and ultimately the process of care. METHODS: Depth interviews with a purposive sample of 13 CMP patients and 19 primary care health professionals (5 osteopaths, 4 chiropractors and 10 physiotherapists).

Author(s): 
Parsons, S.
Harding, G.
Breen, A.
Foster, N.
Pincus, T.
Vogel, S.
Underwood, M.
Publication Title: 
Pain

Research has demonstrated that health care practitioners' adherence to guidelines for managing low back pain (LBP) remain suboptimal in recommending work absence, but specific beliefs about their role in maintaining patients at work have not been adequately researched. We examined private musculoskeletal practitioners' (chiropractors, osteopaths, and physiotherapists) beliefs and reported clinical behaviours in reference to patients' work.

Author(s): 
Pincus, Tamar
Greenwood, Leona
McHarg, Emma

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