Table 6

Concordance between the advanced practice physiotherapist and orthopaedic surgeons for conservative treatment recommendations (n=120)
MD approach (%) APP approach (%) Chi-squared test p value Raw agreement proportion
Advice and education 81/120 117/120 37.403 <0.001* 65%
(68) (98)
Non prescription analgesics 2/120 4/120 0.648 0.408 97%
(2) (3)
Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories 29/120 56/120 13.280 <0.001* 68%
(24) (47)
Other medications 5/120 5/120 0.000 0.626 95%
(5) (5)
Joint infiltrations 13/120 51/120 30.767 <0.001* 68%
(11) (43)
Walking aids 1/120 0/120 N/A N/A 99%
(0.8) (0)
Orthosis 14/120 21/120 1.639 0.200 91%
(12) (18)
Supervised physiotherapy 19/120 74/120 53.105 <0.001* 53%
(16) (62)
Home exercises 12/120 101/120 132.467 <0.001* 23%
(10) (84)

MD= orthopaedic surgeon, APP= advanced practice physiotherapist.

*p<0.05.

Desmeules et al.

Desmeules et al. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2013 14:162   doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-162

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