Physiotherapists' telephone consultations regarding back pain: a method to analyze screening of risk factors
2010 (English)In: Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, ISSN 0959-3985, E-ISSN 1532-5040, Vol. 26, no 7, 468-475 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Background and aims
There is a gap between guidelines and clinical management of risk factors for prolonged disability in back pain. The aims of this study were; 1) to evaluate the inter-rater reliability of a research protocol designed to analyse screening of physical and psychosocial risk factors for prolonged disability in back pain during telephone consultations, and; 2) to describe the overall content and the nature and extent of physical and psychosocial risk factors assessed by physiotherapists in telephone consultations for diagnostic screening of patients with back pain.
The material consisted of 17 initial telephone consultations regarding back pain recorded by five physiotherapists. A research protocol covering eight evidence-based risk factors was developed. Three raters performed separate analyses according to the protocol.
Intraclass correlation of how many risk factors that were investigated was 0.82 (p<0.001.) Kappa values (pair-wise) of which risk factors that were screened were 0.79, 0.73 and 0.66 (p<0.001). A median of 2 risk factors were screened in each consultation; most frequent was signs of spinal pathology/radiating pain, followed by sick leave, disability, coping with pain and negative beliefs. Rating of pain intensity, depression and expectations of long-term pain were not screened.
The method of analysis appears reliable. It will be used in an intervention study that evaluates to what extent physiotherapists can learn to screen in concordance with guidelines in initial telephone consultations.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Informa Healthcare , 2010. Vol. 26, no 7, 468-475 p.
Physical therapy, behavioural medicine, back pain, prognostic factors, screening, caregiver
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject Caring Sciences in Social Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-121416DOI: 10.3109/09593980903433938PubMedID: 20649497OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-121416DiVA: diva2:305268