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About the project

Find out more about the Priority Setting Partnership and the workshop that will take place in February 2018.

What are we doing?

File 205567Anyone with an injury, illness, condition or disability should have the chance to achieve the best possible outcome and quality of life.

The James Lind Alliance is helping us carry out a Priority Setting Partnership. This is a way of working with researchers and the public to decide the priorities for physiotherapy research.

In the first stage of the priority-setting process, we invited anyone with experience of physiotherapy in the UK to tell us what questions need answering. 

Initial research questions survey

We asked you to think about your experiences and understanding of physiotherapy and how it is delivered - and then tell us your thoughts.

We wanted questions that, if researched, could make a real difference to people receiving physiotherapy. These could be about any type of physiotherapy service for any injury, illness, condition or disability, for people of any age.

We asked questions about four different aspects of physiotherapy:

  • physiotherapy to help people recover
  • physiotherapy to help people to manage their condition(s) themselves
  • physiotherapy to help people improve their health and prevent disease and injury
  • how physiotherapy services are accessed and delivered.

Reviewing survey responses

We received a great response, generating 2151 questions about physiotherapy. Approximately 45% of the survey responses came from physiotherapists working in clinical practice, and over a third of responses were from members of the public with an interest in, or experience of physiotherapy. We checked your questions against the evidence base and categorised those not yet answered into a long list of research ideas.

Prioritisation survey

We categorised all the questions from the first survey into a list of 65 broad research questions that apply to all areas of physiotherapy. We then asked physiotherapists, patients and carers to choose their top 10 priorities from this extended list. By taking into account everyone’s choice, we can now produce a short list of about 25 questions for consideration in the final workshop.

Final workshop

The final top 10 questions for physiotherapy research will be decided at a workshop hosted by the CSP on Wednesday 7 February 2018.


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Last reviewed

19 December 2017
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