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Patient-centredness in physiotherapy from the perspective of the chronic low back pain patient

Abstract

Objective

To define patient-centredness from the patient's perspective in the context of physiotherapy for chronic low back pain (CLBP).

Design

Qualitative study using semi-structured interviews to explore perceptions of various aspects of physiotherapy management of CLBP.

Setting

Physiotherapy departments in one geographical area of the UK National Health Service.

Participants

Twenty-five individuals who had received physiotherapy for CLBP within the previous 6 months.

Results

Six key themes emerged as the dimensions that the participants perceived to be important for patient-centred physiotherapy: communication; individual care; decision-making; information; the physiotherapist; and organisation of care. Communication was the most important dimension, underpinning the five other dimensions as well as being a distinct dimension of patient-centred physiotherapy.

Conclusions

Physiotherapists should have an understanding of the six dimensions of patient-centred physiotherapy for CLBP. Improving physiotherapists’ communication skills may better facilitate patient-centred physiotherapy, and therefore enhance the experience of physiotherapy for this client group.

Cite this article

Patient-centredness in physiotherapy from the perspective of the chronic low back pain patient Kay Cooper, Blair H. Smith, Elizabeth Hancock Physiotherapy - September 2008 (Vol. 94, Issue 3, Pages 244-252, DOI: 10.1016/j.physio.2007.10.006)

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