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
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..View full abstract
The ORION project is funded by the Osteopathy Australia. The funding source had no influence in the design of the study and collection, analysis, and interpretation of data and in writing the manuscript. The research reported in this paper is the sole responsibility of the authors and reflects the independent ideas and scholarship of the authors alone.