Research priorities

Physiotherapy research priorities focus research and funding in areas of practice requiring urgent evidence. They sit within the context of wider health research priorities across the UK.


Patients, carers and physiotherapists told us the questions they wanted to ask where research could make a real difference to people receiving physiotherapy. Their questions were about

  • Physiotherapy treatments
  • Self-management
  • Improving health and preventing disease and injury
  • How services are accessed and delivered

The top priority

When health problems are developing, at what point is physiotherapy most/least effective for improving patient results compared to no physiotherapy? What factors affect this?

Take a look at the top ten physiotherapy research priorities

See all 65 priorities 

These priorities are future facing multifaceted open priorities with flex to be nimble and responsive to the reality of health economics, developing health knowledge and technology landscapes.  Their impact will help optimise individual lives which is the heart of physiotherapy.

Sarah Westwater-Wood, Steering Group member
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