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Physiotherapy and medicines management: A pilot study

Waldock, Colin, Thomas, Trudy, Amrani-Chtiar, Camilia (2022) Physiotherapy and medicines management: A pilot study. Journal of Prescribing Practice, 4 (6). pp. 248-254. ISSN 2631-8385. (doi:10.12968/jprp.2022.4.6.248) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:95406)

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Aim: Only 2.7% of UK registered physiotherapists are qualified to prescribe. This pilot study explored attitudes to medicine use, barriers to prescribing in practice for physiotherapists and training needs.

Methods: An online questionnaire was distributed via professional networks. Descriptive statistics were used to quantify data with t-tests and Mann-Whitney-U tests were used to explore correlations in data. Qualitative (free text) data were analysed for common themes using thematic analysis.

Findings: A total of 51 physiotherapists (37% n= 19) prescribers completed the questionnaire. Attitudes towards medicines were similar. Respondents understood the benefits of prescribing but identified personal, professional and organisational barriers. Lack of pharmacology knowledge was reported by 56.7% (n=25) and identified as a training need among physiotherapists who had qualified in the UK (n=44), 40% (n= 20) of respondents identified a lack of support for physiotherapist prescribing in the workplace.

Conclusions: Exploring physiotherapists' attitudes towards medicines and barriers to implementation of prescribing offers the potential for supportive interventions and future research.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.12968/jprp.2022.4.6.248
Uncontrolled keywords: physiotherapy, medicines, prescribing
Subjects: R Medicine
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology > RM695 Physical therapy
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Natural Sciences > Medway School of Pharmacy
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Colin Waldock
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2022 12:18 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2022 09:21 UTC
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