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Minimum standards of clinical practice for physiotherapists working in critical care settings in United Kingdom: A modified Delphi technique

Twose, Paul, Jones, Una and Cornell, Gareth 2019. Minimum standards of clinical practice for physiotherapists working in critical care settings in United Kingdom: A modified Delphi technique. Journal of the Intensive Care Society 20 (2) , pp. 118-131. 10.1177/1751143718807019

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Abstract

Introduction: Across the United Kingdom, physiotherapy for critical care patients is provided 24 h a day, 7 days per week. There is a national drive to standardise the knowledge and skills of physiotherapists which will support training and reduce variability in clinical practice. Methods: A modified Delphi technique using a questionnaire was used. The questionnaire, originally containing 214 items, was completed over three rounds. Items with no consensus were included in later rounds along with any additional items suggested. Results: In all, 114 physiotherapists from across the United Kingdom participated in the first round, with 102 and 92 completing rounds 2 and 3, respectively. In total, 224 items were included: 107 were deemed essential as a minimum standard of clinical practice; 83 were not essential and consensus was not reached for 34 items. Analysis/Conclusion: This study identified 107 items of knowledge and skills that are essential as a minimum standard for clinical practice by physiotherapists working in United Kingdom critical care units.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 1751-1437
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 21:05
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/117186

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