Australian adults expect physiotherapists to provide physical activity advice: A survey Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • Questions

    Do Australian adults think that physiotherapists are likely to provide physical activity (PA) advice, general health advice, and physical interventions? Do Australian adults think it is important for physiotherapists to provide each of these services? What factors are associated with adults' expectations of receiving these services from physiotherapists?

    Design

    Online nationwide cross-sectional survey.

    Participants

    Australian adults aged < 18 years who have or have not had a physiotherapy appointment before.

    Outcome measures

    The survey instrument included questions asking respondents if it was both important and likely that a physiotherapist would provide services pertaining to PA and general health-related advice as well as physical interventions. Responses were measured on a 6-point Likert scale.

    Results

    Full responses were obtained from 587 respondents. Most respondents reported that it is likely (40%) or extremely likely (29%) and important (47%) or extremely important (29%) that a physiotherapist provides advice to help them increase their PA levels. This was similar to the percentage of respondents reporting that it is likely (46%) or extremely likely (19%) and important (43%) or extremely important (24%) that a physiotherapist provides advice to help them improve their general health. A similar number of respondents also reported that it is likely (37%) or extremely likely (29%) and important (42%) or extremely important (26%) that a physiotherapist provides massage. The odds of respondents expecting physiotherapists to provide PA advice were higher for those who were older (OR 1.2, 95% CI 1.1 to 1.5), chose to see a physiotherapist to feel better and receive a home exercise program (OR 2.0, 95% CI 1.0 to 3.9), and felt that physiotherapists met their expectations (OR 4.5, 95% CI 2.2 to 9.3).

    Conclusion

    Australian adults believe it is likely and important that physiotherapists provide PA and general health advice in addition to specific physical interventions.

publication date

  • 2019