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The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) will be funding three major research projects in the field via its charitable trust over the next three years.
The first of these will be led by research physiotherapist Annette Bishop, who will be investigating the impact of self-referral to physio services on patients suffering from musculoskeletal conditions. She aims to discover whether outcomes are better when patients have more control over their treatment.
A second study set to be part-funded by the CSP will see Jonathan Hill, a senior research physiotherapist, investigating how the Arthritis Research UK Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire can be used in routine practice.
Mr Hill wants to use his research to make sure that the current standardised questionnaire does indeed have enough value to continue to be used as a way to accurately diagnose and assess patients with musculoskeletal conditions.
Finally, the third study will see physiotherapy research fellow Ross Wilkie attempting to develop an electronic system that encompasses patient-collected data to assess the state of musculoskeletal health in different parts of the UK. He aims to find out if there are dramatic regional and demographic variations affecting such conditions across the country.
In total, the CSP Charitable Trust invests over £200,000 each year in various research projects to improve doctors' understanding of how physiotherapy services can impact on the nation's health, with the above studies just a few of those that will receive financial support from the organisation over the coming three years.
Ruth ten Hove, head of research and development at the CSP, explained: "The CSP has been very supportive of this joint funding approach. We see it as a good way to add value to the research we fund and it allows a larger award to be made.
"With more funds available, more ambitious projects can be carried out, which are more likely to have an impact on patients and practice."
Written by Mathew Horton
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