General Practitioners' views about an orthopaedic clinical assessment service

BURN, Damon, MAY, Stephen and EDWARDS, Lindsay (2014). General Practitioners' views about an orthopaedic clinical assessment service. Physiotherapy Research International, 19 (3), 176-185.

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Background: General practitioners' (GP) views about orthopaedic clinical assessment services (OCAS) managed by physiotherapists in the NHS have seldom been sought, yet GPs are likely to be key referrers to such a service.

Aim: This study aims to review GP views about an OCAS and how they believed the service could be improved.

Design of the Study: Fifteen consenting GPs were interviewed utilizing semi-structured interviews and a standardized topic guide.

Method: Interviews were recorded, transcribed and analysed for emergent themes. Interviews were analysed sequentially by date performed until saturation. Themes were discussed, and disagreements evaluated until agreement was found between the two main authors. The third author then analysed randomly selected interview transcripts and found no additional themes.

Results: The study found GPs refer to specialist services, including this OCAS, because of wait times, locality, patient experience, GP experience and knowledge of available services. No GP identified they knew all possible orthopaedic referral routes.

Conclusion: GPs saw OCAS as another referral choice for patients suffering orthopaedic pathologies. GPs identified some difficulty in understanding the different services including the various professional roles involved. To assist with their understanding, they described requesting advertising of the different services and the clinicians involved or streamlining of services by provider services. Further detailed research addressing the limitations in this research design is indicated to investigate GP's thoughts and behaviours in relation to referral patterns especially as GPs in the UK took on commissioning for services from April 2013.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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Page Range: 176-185
Depositing User: Hilary Ridgway
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 12:41
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:45

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