Patient-centredness: a conceptual framework for musculoskeletal physiotherapy

  • Mary Sexton

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The centrality of the patient to health care has been increasingly recognised both politically and professionally. Patient-centred care has become synonymous with high-quality care and a number of studies have reinforced patient’s desire for, and the positive impact of the approach. Although the concept emerged over 30 years ago, it is still not clear what it is, upon what theories it is based, or how to measure it. Whilst the concept has been explored within medicine, nursing and other allied health professions, within physiotherapy there has only been minimal discussion. The aim of this research was to explore the meaning of patient-centred care in relation to low back pain, from the perspective of musculoskeletal physiotherapists.
Date of Award2011
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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