Priority 21 from the Physiotherapy PSP

UNCERTAINTY: How do physiotherapists decide on what their treatment plans include and/ or when to refer on? What influences the types of evidence they use? (JLA PSP Priority 21)
Overall ranking 21
JLA question ID 0061/21
Explanatory note This question asks how physiotherapists make decisions on what treatment a patient needs and when they need to refer on for specialist help. It was developed from the survey responses of patients, carers and physiotherapists.

Elvén, M. and Dean, E., 2017. Factors influencing physical therapists’ clinical reasoning: qualitative systematic review and meta-synthesis. Physical Therapy Reviews, pp.1-16.

Health Research Classification System category Generic Health Relevance
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples How do physiotherapist devise a plan for someone with limited usual activities and post exersion malaise due to failing energy levels such as ME. [Question ID 364, Patient]
Submitted by Question submitted 40 times by all groups
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