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Table 2 Percentage of correct management decision

From: Primary care physiotherapists ability to make correct management decisions – is there room for improvement? A mixed method study

  PT PT but encourage GP contact No PT and GP referral Correct MD 100% correct MDb
Musculoskeletal conditions     42%a 42%
 Man with leg pain 74% 24% 2% 98%  
 Woman with neck pain 88% 11% 1% 99%  
 Woman with pain around sternum 6% 39% 55% 45%  
 Girl with knee pain 51% 40% 9% 91%  
 Man with knee pain 77% 22% 1% 99%  
Non-critical medical conditions     37%a 5%
 Man with bilateral leg cramps 21% 67% 12% 79%  
 Woman with foot pain 80% 15% 5% 20%  
 Woman with bilateral shoulder pain 59% 34% 7% 41%  
 Woman with intense subcostal pain 14% 36% 49% 86%  
Critical medical conditions     34%a 5%
 Man with swollen and red knee 14% 37% 49% 49%  
 Woman with intense low back pain 57% 27% 15% 15%  
 Man with thoracic back pain 8% 36% 56% 56%  
  1. Abbreviations: CM critical medical, GP General Practitioner, PT Physiotherapy, MD Management Decision, MS Musculoskeletal, NCM Non-critical medical
  2. a Defined as; musculoskeletal conditions (5 correct / 5 MS vignettes), non-critical medical conditions (3 correct / 4 NCM vignettes), critical medical conditions (2 correct / 3 CM vignettes)
  3. b Defined as; musculoskeletal conditions (5 correct / 5 MS vignettes), non-critical medical conditions (4 correct / 4 NCM vignettes), critical medical conditions (3 correct / 3 CM vignettes)