A national study of the availability and use of electrophysical agents by Australian physiotherapists

Chipchase, L., Williams, M. T. and Robertson, V. J. (2009) A national study of the availability and use of electrophysical agents by Australian physiotherapists. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 25 4: 279-296. doi:10.1080/09593980902782611

Author Chipchase, L.
Williams, M. T.
Robertson, V. J.
Title A national study of the availability and use of electrophysical agents by Australian physiotherapists
Journal name Physiotherapy Theory and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1532-5040
Publication date 2009-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09593980902782611
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 4
Start page 279
End page 296
Total pages 18
Editor S. Hasson
Place of publication New York, N.Y.
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
110317 Physiotherapy
Abstract Electrophysical agents (EPAs) are a core part of physiotherapy practice and entry level education. With the increase in the number of EPAs over time, their availability and use in contemporary physiotherapy practice is an important consideration when determining entry level curricula. Thus, the aim of the study was to ascertain the current availability and usage of EPAs in Australian physiotherapy practice. A purpose-designed questionnaire was mailed to all registered physiotherapists in Australia. A response rate of 27% was obtained (n=3,538). Nonresponder analyses indicated that the results were representative of the total population of Australian physiotherapists. Over 70% of respondents had access to ultrasound, cold packs/ice, heat packs, electrical stimulation for sensory stimulation, and interferential therapy. Two main groups of EPAs were used relatively frequently. The first group was used daily or monthly by 60% of respondents (ultrasound, hot packs, and cold packs/ice), and a second group (electromyographic and pressure biofeedback, interferential therapy, and electrical stimulation for sensory stimulation) was used on a daily or monthly basis by between 30% and 45% of the sample. A group of EPAs, including ultraviolet light, microwave, and shortwave diathermy, was not used by over 90% of the sample. The study has provided contemporary national data on EPA availability and use in Australia.
Keyword Rehabilitation Medicine
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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