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The Data for Impact project gives us access to a wealth of information about private physiotherapy practice. We have created a number of evidence-based statements from the analysis of Data for Impact which we have shared with our members and the wider marketplace. Below we have explained these statements in a little more detail.

Our data shows that the sooner you seek treatment from a Physio First private physiotherapy practitioner the better your outcome will be. 

Evidence:

  • Overall, patients who had experienced their symptoms for more than six weeks required more treatment sessions.*
  • Patients who experienced their symptoms for six weeks or less experienced a greater change in the FPS score (i.e. a greater improvement in their condition).**
  • Patients who experienced their symptoms for six weeks or less before being treated were 17% more likely to be discharged following successful treatment (67% compared to 57%).
  • Patients who had experienced their symptoms for more than six weeks were 52% more likely to be referred to the GP or consultant (11% compared to 7%). 
  • Patients who experienced their symptoms for sex weeks or less were (16%) less likely to have three or more treatment sessions (65% compared to 57%). 

These findings are based on the analysis of 24,590 patient data sets (collected from 1.1.14 to 1.1.18).

*This finding was based on the results of a Mann Whitenye U, which is a parametric test based on ranked data. No further breakdown can be obtained from this analysis. 

** This statements was based on a T test that we performed to compare the FPS scores of the two groups. Typically, the two means would be reported and the effect size would be reported as a Cohen's D. This would be irrelevant to the lay reader who may not be familiar with the FPS scale and who would not have knowledge of a Cohen's D. I would therefore suggest using a percentage difference of the outcome scale. Therefore, the improvement in Functional, Physical and Subjective wellbeing was 15% greater in patients who were treatment within six weeks of the onset of their condition compared to patients who had experienced their symptoms for more than 6 weeks before attending treatment. 

Patients who experience their symptoms for more than six weeks were (25%) more likely (RR= 1.25, 95% Cl= 1.22-1.30) to have more than three treatment sessions (43% compared to 34%). 


9 out of 10 of patients who see a private practitioner are seen within one week. 

Evidence: 

9 out of 10 of patients who see a private practitioner are seen within one week (Note: Of the 35,238 who were seeking the first available appointment, 33,595 patients (91.1%) were seen within one week). 


77% of our patients exceed, fully or significantly achieve their treatment goals.

Evidence:

77% of our patients exceed, fully or significantly achieve their goals (Note: Of the 36,858 patients seen by a private physiotherapist, 90.5% received three or more treatment methods to achieve their patients goals) 


Our data shows that the majority of private practitioners (or most private practitioners) use a combination of three or more treatment methods to achieve their patients' goals. 

Evidence:

9 out of 10 patients treated by a private practitioner received a combination of three or more treatment modalities (Note: Of the 36,858 patients seen by a private physiotherapist, 33,350 patients (90.5%) received three or more treatment modalities). 


Our data shows that you are never too old to benefit from private physiotherapy treatment for joint and muscle problems and low back pain. 

Evidence:

  • All ages seeking treatment for joint dysfunctional/pain benefit equally from physiotherapy treatment*. 
  • Private physiotherapy treatment provides improvement in FPS scores for patients seeking treatment related to muscular tenderness/dysfunction for all ages**.
  • The physiotherapy treatment provided an equal improvement in condition of patients seeking physiotherapy treatment for conditions related to NSLBP for all ages***.

*This statement was based on a one-way ANOVA which was used to compare the FPS change scores of patients seeking treatment for joint dysfunction/pain (n=4,141) between the age groups. The results of the one -way ANOVA demonstrated that there was no significant difference between age groups in the FPS change score [F(5,4374) = 1.78, p = .113].

** This statement was based on a one-way ANOVA which was used to compare the FPS change scores of patients seeking treatment for muscular tenderness/dysfunction (n= 1,592) between the age groups. The results of the one-way ANOVA demonstrated that there was no significant difference between age groups in the FPS change score [F(5,1709) = 1.69, p = .134].

***This statement was based on a one-way ANOVA which was used to compare the FPS change scores of patients seeking treatment for NSLBP (n=2,447) between the age groups. The results of the one-way ANOVA demonstrated that there was no significant difference between age groups in the FPS change score [F(5,2550) = 1.21, p = .303].

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