General practitioner referral to physiotherapy

Which health problems do medical general practitioners most commonly refer to physiotherapists?

Many interventions are amenable to physiotherapy interventions. The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro.org.au) now indexes over 40,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. This evidence spans a broad range of conditions from musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory and neurological to women's health, paediatrics and geriatrics.

In Australia, people can attend a physiotherapist without a referral from a GP. Despite this, Australians who attend a physiotherapist are becoming less likely to self refer and more likely to attend a physiotherapist after referral by a medical general practitioner (GP). It is therefore timely to consider whether GPs are referring on those patients with conditions that are amenable to physiotherapy.


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