Influence of condition type, age and sex on patient preferences for assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions

Ruddick, E. (2023) Influence of condition type, age and sex on patient preferences for assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. Masters theses, University of Chichester.

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There is evidence within the literature suggesting that patient preferences can be a significant predictor of outcome measures within healthcare. This includes the patients’ preferred methods for treating and assessing their medical conditions. We can also see the impact of demographic information on patient preference as well as suggestions that condition type may also be a predictor. To understand these relationships further in the context of musculoskeletal conditions a questionnaire was completed by 303 participants establishing their age, sex, and treatment/assessment preferences for 3 different musculoskeletal conditions including a degenerative, traumatic and overuse injury type. This research aims to guide practitioners in their patient centred care approach by providing advice and guidance on how and why patients may choose to prefer different treatment or assessment methods. Overall condition type provided limited impact upon how patients selected their preferred methods appearing to impact only upon participants first choice for assessment; sex was seen to influence participants preferred treatment methods; and age group appeared to impact participant preferences for both assessment and treatment type.

Publication Type: Theses (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: physiotherapy, pathophysiology, effectiveness of treatment, biopsychosocial models of treatment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Academic Areas > School of Nursing and Allied Health > Physiotherapy
Student Research > Masters
Depositing User: Angela Roberts
Date Deposited: 15 May 2024 11:39
Last Modified: 15 May 2024 11:39

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