A study of physiotherapists' and chiropractors' knowledge and opinions of osteopaths

Hough, Natasha (2003) A study of physiotherapists' and chiropractors' knowledge and opinions of osteopaths. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


The objective of this study was to evaluate the knowledge and opinions held by physiotherapists' and chiropractors' of osteopaths in Victoria. Surveys were distributed to 400 physiotherapists and 400 chiropractors within Victoria. Data on knowledge, opinions, inter-professional referral rates and inter-professional communication was gathered using mostly closed questions. Practitioners predominantly rated their knowledge of osteopaths as 'average'. Chiropractors had a more extensive knowledge of osteopathy compared to physiotherapists. Practitioners felt that osteopaths most commonly treated neck pain, low back pain, thoracic pain, and headaches. Practitioners indicated the possibility of future patient referral to osteopaths as 34.8% for physiotherapists compared with 63.4% of chiropractors. 72.3% of physiotherapists and 72.5% of chiropractors indicated that they did not communicate with osteopaths. Practitioners showed interest in increasing their knowledge of osteopathy and improving the level of communication and collaboration between practitioners when treating a patient simultaneously. This may allow for increased inter-professional referral of patients. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/915
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Osteopathy Masters Project, osteopathy, physiotherapy, manual therapy, complementary and alternative therapy
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