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Physiotherapy private practitioners' opinions regarding interprofessional collaborative practice: A qualitative study.

Authors
  • Seaton, Jack1, 2
  • Jones, Anne2
  • Johnston, Catherine3
  • Francis, Karen4
  • 1 College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 2 College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 3 School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia. , (Australia)
  • 4 School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. , (Australia)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Interprofessional Care
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Jan 02, 2024
Volume
38
Issue
1
Pages
10–21
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2023.2221687
PMID: 37288950
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Physiotherapy private practitioners comprise a growing proportion of Australia's primary care workforce, yet their views and experiences of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) are poorly documented. The aim of this study was to explore Australian physiotherapy private practitioners' opinions regarding IPCP. Twenty-eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with physiotherapists in 10 private practice sites in Queensland, Australia. Interviews were analyzed using reflexive thematic analysis. Data analysis produced five themes that characterized physiotherapists' perceptions of IPCP: (a) quality of care considerations; (b) not a one-size-fits-all approach; (c) the need for effective interprofessional communication; (d) fostering a positive work culture; and (e) fear of losing clientele. The findings from this study suggest that physiotherapy private practitioners value IPCP because it can deliver superior client outcomes, can strengthen interprofessional relationships, and has the potential to enhance the professional reputation of the organizations within which they work. Physiotherapists also claimed that IPCP can contribute to poor client outcomes when performed inappropriately, while some reported approaching interprofessional referrals with caution following instances of lost clientele. The mixed views toward IPCP in this study highlight the need to explore the facilitators and barriers to IPCP in the Australian physiotherapy private practice setting.

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