Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55948
Title: Physiotherapy research priorities in Switzerland : views of the various stakeholders
Authors: Nast, I
Tal, A
Schmid, S
Schoeb, V 
Rau, B
Barbero, M
Kool, J
Keywords: Delphi technique
Physiotherapy
Policy
Research priorities
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Source: Physiotherapy research international, 2016, v. 21, no. 3, p. 137-146 How to cite?
Journal: Physiotherapy research international 
Abstract: Background and purpose. Research priorities, de fined by multiple stakeholders, can proximally facilitate the coor-dination of research projects and national and international cooperation and distally further improve the quality ofphysiotherapy practice. The aim of this study was therefore to establish physiotherapy research priorities inSwitzerland considering multiple stakeholders’ opinions. Methods. A mixed methods design was chosen. For aqualitative identification of physiotherapy research topics, 18 focus group discussions and 23 semi-structuredinterviews/written commentaries were conducted. For the quantitative analysis, 420 participants prioritized re-search topics using a two-round Delphi questionnaire survey. The following stakeho lder groups were surveyed inthe German-speaking, French-speaking and Italian-speaking regions of Switzerland: physiotherapy researchers,practitioners and educators, representatives of patient organizations, public health organizations, health insurers,physicians, nurses, occupational therapists and other health professionals, as well as physical educators. Results.The top five overall physiotherapy research priorities identi fied were as follows: physiotherapy treatment, physio-therapy assessment and diagnosis, prevention, physiotherapist–patient interaction and physiotherapy professionaleducation at the bachelor level. With regard to diagnostic groups, the highest priorities were placed on musculoskel-etal disorders, neurology, orthopaedics, geriatrics and ergonomics/occupational health. Consensus was moderate tohigh, and only few differences between stakeholder groups were revealed. Discussion. Research directly related tophysiotherapy treatment is of highest priority. It should focus on diagnostic groups related to chronicity in antici-pation of demographic changes. Multidisciplinary networks for research and pra ctice, alongside sound coordinationof research projects, should increase the impact of physiotherapy research. An accurate dissemination of researchpriorities, defined and supported by multiple stakeholder groups, might strengthen their impact on research andpractice.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/55948
ISSN: 1358-2267
DOI: 10.1002/pri.1621
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