Priority 11 from the Physiotherapy PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How does the amount of physiotherapy received affect results for patients and services? What are optimal session lengths, frequency and duration of treatment? (JLA PSP Priority 11)
Overall ranking 11
JLA question ID 0061/11
Explanatory note This question was created after both patients and physiotherapists asked how the amount (e.g. number of sessions, length of sessions etc) effect the patient’s recovery and what amounts are ‘best’ (i.e. those that help the most patients recover)

Pollock, A., Baer, G., Campbell, P., Choo, P.L., Forster, A., Morris, J., Pomeroy, V.M. and Langhorne, P., 2014. Physical rehabilitation approaches for the recovery of function and mobility following stroke. The Cochrane Library.                                                                    

Brusco, N.K. and Paratz, J., 2006. The effect of additional physiotherapy to hospital inpatients outside of regular business hours: a systematic review. Physiotherapy theory and practice, 22(6), pp.291-307.

Health Research Classification System category Generic Health Relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples What are the average number of physio treatment sessions required to assist patients in returning to base line mobility [Question ID 439, Clinical Physiotherapist]
Submitted by Question submitted 58 times across all groups of people
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0061
PSP name Physiotherapy
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 65  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 7 February 2018