Topics discussed prior to this point (in the opening phase of the consultation) were also identified and collated. The exact phrasings of the KCQ were used in the questionnaire to optimise face and content validity. The questionnaire selleck screening library was established electronically using QuestionMark Perception software
and consisted of ten demographic and eight core questions, charting the initial consultation (four questions) and follow-up clinical encounter (four questions). For the initial consultation, participants were asked to identify and rank their top five preferred phrasings for the KCQ out of the eleven options from stage one. They were also given an opportunity to identify any alternative phrasing of the KCQ they believed to be more effective or preferred
from their own clinical practice. A similar format of questions was used for follow-up clinical encounters. Prior to the main study, pilot work was conducted using a convenient sample of seven MSc physiotherapy students and five senior physiotherapists, to evaluate the questionnaire’s acceptability AZD0530 manufacturer and give participants the opportunity to comment on the layout, design and content of the questionnaire. Minor formatting changes were made to the questionnaire following this feedback. Participants were recruited using the national, interactive Chartered Society of Physiotherapy website (iCSP). A synopsis of the study was included in the networks’ fortnightly email bulletins of the four most relevant professional networks: i) Sports Medicine; ii) Orthopaedics; iii) Massage and Soft Tissue Therapy and; iv) Pain Management. CYTH4 At the time of
recruitment, membership of the four networks totalled 34,922 (including possible duplicates). Members who were interested in the study were asked to contact the authors via email and were then sent a link to the electronic questionnaire and a participant information sheet. The sample included all available members of the four networks. In addition, the senior researcher (LR) publicised the study to delegates in a keynote address at the Physiotherapy Research Society (Sheffield, 2012). Data were collected between August and October 2012, and were coded for anonymity. One follow-up reminder was sent. Descriptive statistics were used to determine physiotherapists’ preferred phrasing when opening clinical encounters. Frequencies were reported for the topics clinicians discussed before or after their KCQ in both initial and follow-up clinical encounters, and a scoring system was used to determine the preferred phrasing. Each first choice phrase received a score of five; second choice received a score of four etc.; down to the fifth choice, which received a score of one. These scores were then summed for each phrase, to identify the most popular. Data were managed using SPSS for Microsoft Windows, Release 20.0 (IBM: SPSS Inc) and Microsoft Excel 2010.