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dc.contributor.authorBeales, Darren
dc.contributor.authorMcManus, L.
dc.contributor.authorTan, J.
dc.contributor.authorElliott, C.
dc.contributor.authorMitchell, T.
dc.identifier.citationBeales, D. and McManus, L. and Tan, J. and Elliott, C. and Mitchell, T. 2019. Implementation of Questionnaire-Based Risk Profiling for Clients in a Workers’ Compensation Environment: An Example in Australian Physiotherapy Practice. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 29 (3): pp. 609-616.

Purpose This study investigated the implementation of a risk profiling process for physiotherapy clients with a compensable musculoskeletal problem. Implementation targeted personal (clinician) and external (organisational) factors to facilitate behavioural change with regard to the use of formal, questionnaire-based risk profiling. Methods A theoretical construct was developed for formal questionnaire-based screening to be implemented across 12 private, metropolitan physiotherapy clinics. To target personal (clinician) factors, a multimodal educational procedure was developed focused on use of the ten-item Orebro Musculoskeletal Pain Screening Questionnaire (OMPSQ-10). To target external (organisational) factors, an administrative process was enacted to ensure routine completion of the OMPSQ-10 by compensable clients. Global practice behaviour with regard to the use of formal risk profiling was complete pre- and post-implementation. Results Pre-implementation physiotherapists understood the potential usefulness of formal risk profiling, but the large majority did not routinely have clients complete these types of questionnaires. Post-implementation there was a significant positive shift in behaviour to more frequent use the OMPSQ-10 for new compensable clients. Conclusions The results provide initial support for the use of a framework to develop an implementation strategy to increase physiotherapist adherence to the use of guideline recommended risk profiling questionnaires in clinical practice.

dc.titleImplementation of Questionnaire-Based Risk Profiling for Clients in a Workers’ Compensation Environment: An Example in Australian Physiotherapy Practice
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
curtin.departmentSchool of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science
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