Disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills required by community-based physiotherapists to co-manage patients with rheumatoid arthritis
Andrew M Briggs, Robyn E Fary, Helen Slater, Peter Bragge, Jason Chua, Helen I Keen, Madelynn Chan
ARTHRITIS CARE & RESEARCH | WILEY | Published : 2012
OBJECTIVE: While strong evidence supports the role of physiotherapy in the co-management of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), it remains unclear what constitutes the essential disease-specific knowledge and clinical skills required by community-based physiotherapists to effectively and safely deliver recommended care. This study aimed to identify essential disease-specific knowledge and skills, link these with evidence from clinical guidelines, and broadly determine the professional development (PD) needs and confidence related to the management of RA among physiotherapists. METHODS: An international Delphi panel of rheumatologists, physiotherapists, and consumers (n = 27) identified ..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Physiotherapy Research Foundation
Supported by project grants from the Australian Physiotherapy Research Foundation (T10-PRB001) and the Department of Health, Government of Western Australia. Dr. Briggs's work was supported by a fellowship from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council.