Building bespoke exercise: The clinical reasoning processes of physiotherapists when prescribing exercise for persons with musculoskeletal disorders

Johanna Grimus, Christopher Horler, Clair Hebron

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Abstract

Aims: This qualitative study aimed to explore physiotherapists' clinical reasoning when prescribing exercise for persons with musculoskeletal disorders.

Methods: A constructivist grounded theory inspired methodological approach was used. Six physiotherapists working in the United Kingdom were recruited via purposive sampling. Data collection and analysis included semi‐structured interviews, memo writing, coding, and a constant comparative method.

Findings: A concept of ‘building bespoke exercise’ has been generated to conceptualise the participants' clinical reasoning when prescribing exercise.

Conclusion: The findings of this study highlight processes of co‐designing and co‐constructing exercise programmes in collaboration with persons receiving care. Physiotherapists can use this study to reflect on their own clinical reasoning to inform their own practice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalMusculoskeletal Care
Early online date25 Oct 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 25 Oct 2022

Keywords

  • clinical reasoning
  • decision‐making
  • exercise prescription
  • musculoskeletal physiotherapy
  • physiotherapy

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