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Health professionals invited to have their say on priorities for physiotherapy research

5 July 2005 - 9:10am

Appeal to all health professionals to help the CSP set research priorities for physiotherapy

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is appealing to members of other health professions to join forces with physiotherapists in helping to establish research priorities for physiotherapy in the UK.

The Society is offering health care commissioners, other health professionals and consumers the opportunity to identify areas of practice where more research is needed.

Tracy Bury, project leader, and the CSP's head of research and development, said: 'Everyone in the profession, and others outside it, are aware that there are gaps in research. This is an excellent opportunity for the Society to find out what they are and look at what can be done to fill them. The results of this project will hopefully help to direct future research and influence how research funding is allocated.'

Expert panels, covering different areas of the profession, including musculoskeletal, neurology, cardio-respiratory, older people, women's health, paediatrics, mental health and learning disabilities, will then consider the submitted questions, eventually agreeing a list of up to 30 research priorities.

The project is part of the CSP's drive to establish the evidence base for the profession.

Hans Ektvedt, CSP project officer for the initiative said: 'We want to include the views of as many people as possible in this project - clinicians, managers, researchers, educators, assistants and students from all areas of the health service. Everyone has an opinion on what is missing in research at the moment, and we want to hear from them.'

The deadline for submissions is Friday 30 November 2001. A form for submitting research suggestions is now available on this web site; alternatively contact Marion Attew by phone 020 7306 6617 or e-mail attewm@csphysio.org.uk.

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Notes for editors

1. The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is the professional, educational and trade union body for the country's 38,000 chartered physiotherapists, physiotherapy students and assistants. Physiotherapy is Britain's fourth largest health profession after medicine, nursing and midwifery.

For more information, please contact the press office on 020 7306 6616/28

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