Salisbury, C and Foster, NE and Bishop, A and Calnan, M and Coast, J and Hall, J and Hay, E and Hollinghurst, S and Hopper, C and Grove, S and Kaur, S and Montgomery, A (2009) 'PhysioDirect' telephone assessment and advice services for physiotherapy: protocol for a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMC Health Services Research, 9. 136 -?. ISSN 1472-6963

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Abstract

Providing timely access to physiotherapy has long been a problem for the National Health Service in the United Kingdom. In an attempt to improve access some physiotherapy services have introduced a new treatment pathway known as PhysioDirect. Physiotherapists offer initial assessment and advice by telephone, supported by computerised algorithms, and patients are sent written self-management and exercise advice by post. They are invited for face-to-face treatment only when necessary. Although several such services have been developed, there is no robust evidence regarding clinical and cost-effectiveness, nor the acceptability of PhysioDirect.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: physiotherapy, referral and consultation
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Primary Care Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2014 16:28
Last Modified: 30 May 2016 11:08
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/65

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