Why do patients with low back pain choose not to engage with physiotherapy following assessment?
|Hinchliffe NC and Lavin N (2018) Why do patients with low back pain choose not to engage with physiotherapy following assessment? International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation. 25(3): 120-127.
|Background/Aims: This research explored the reasons why patients with low back pain chose not to return to physiotherapy following an assessment. Methods: Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were conducted using five participants with low back pain. Data were analysed to produce codes, categories and themes. Findings: Data analysis produced expectations, communication and satisfaction as key themes. Findings suggest that expectations may and may not be linked to previous physiotherapy experience, with no clear link between expectations and satisfaction. Communication including sufficient time, listening skills, empathy, and caring qualities were highly regarded. Satisfaction levels were rated highly, despite not returning to physiotherapy. Participants reported pain resolution and personal choice as reasons for not returning. Conclusions: Findings support previous research suggesting expectations are multifaceted and individualised and not always linked to previous experience. Findings suggest the physiotherapist's excellent communication skills ensured an overall positive patient experience, maintaining high satisfaction levels.
|This document is the Accepted Manuscript version of a Published Work that appeared in final form in International Journal of Therapy & Rehabilitation, copyright © MA Healthcare, after peer review and technical editing by the publisher. To access the final edited and published work see https://doi.org/10.12968/ijtr.2018.25.3.120.
|Communication; Expectation; Low back pain; Physiotherapy; Satisfaction
|Why do patients with low back pain choose not to engage with physiotherapy following assessment?