Journal article

Prevalence and profile of Australian osteopaths treating older people

Amie Steel, B Vaughan, Paul Orrock, Wenbo Peng, Michael FLEISCHMANN, Sandra Grace, Roger Engel, David Sibritt, Jon Adams

Complementary Therapies in Medicine | Elsevier | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objectives To explore the characteristics of the Australian osteopathy workforce who participate in the management of older patients with musculoskeletal complaints. Design Secondary analysis of a cross-sectional survey of osteopaths. Setting The Osteopathy Research and Innovation Network (ORION), an Australian practice-based research network. Main outcome measures The demographic, practice and treatment characteristics of osteopaths who identify as ‘always’or ‘often’ treating patients aged 65 years or over. Results Over half (58%) of total participants (n = 992) indicated often treating older people and this was associated with referral patterns with other health professionals and a non..

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