As clinicians, we have certain goals for our patients based on what we see as important. However, taking into account what aspects of care our patients see as most important is also necessary.
A recent study released in the Journal of Physiotherapy shows that, "Patients presenting to primary care physiotherapists generally rated all aspects of care that physiotherapists can offer as important." These included diagnosis, pain relief, improved function, education and prevention. As well, authors McRae and Hancock found that "Pain relief was more commonly rated as highly important by female patients and those with spinal pain. Patients with lower educational levels were more likely to rate diagnosis and information/education as important."
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