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Title: Intensive care physiotherapy - Medical staff perceptions
Authors: Jones, AYM
Keywords: Consumer care
Intensive care
Issue Date: 2001
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Hong Kong physiotherapy journal, 2001, v. 19, p. 3-8 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong physiotherapy journal 
Abstract: A questionnaire was sent to directors of intensive care units (ICUs) in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, South Africa and Hong Kong, to gather regional perceptions of each ICU's physiotherapy service. A second questionnaire was sent to the ICU physiotherapist-in-charge to profile their experience and any demarcation disputes. Fifty-four of 101 ICU directors and 100% of the physiotherapists returned a completed questionnaire. While 79% of the directors rated the service provided by their physiotherapists as either 'outstanding' or 'very good', nearly 60% of them also considered that the physiotherapist's work could be performed by other disciplines. It is suggested that ICU physiotherapists broaden their research base to promote evidence-based practice, and develop a precise marketing strategy to preserve customer (ICU director) reliance on their product and to maintain 'market share', especially where 'doctor-referrals' impacts on their practice.
ISSN: 1013-7025
EISSN: 1876-441X
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