The ABC-Foot Survey: Assessment of Beliefs and Clinical practice for Foot Osteoarthritis
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This study will describe podiatrists' and physiotherapists' current management of people with foot osteoarthritis within Australia and the United Kingdom, and will explore their views and experiences concerning their role in treating this patient group.
What is the purpose of the study?
Foot osteoarthritis is a very common condition, and people with this problem often present to a podiatrist or physiotherapist for treatment. The purpose of this study is to describe podiatrists' and physiotherapists' current management of people with foot osteoarthritis within Australia and the United Kingdom, and to explore their views and experiences concerning their role in treating this patient group. The results of this study will help to direct further research to develop and evaluate interventions for people with foot osteoarthritis.
Who can participate?
Qualified podiatrists and physiotherapists who are registered to practice in Australia or the United Kingdom are eligible to participate. Those podiatrists and physiotherapists who have seen at least one case of foot osteoarthritis in the last 6 months are eligible to complete the full questionnaire.
What will you have to do?
This project involves of completion of a single anonymous survey, either online or by reply-paid post. If you do not see people with foot osteoarthritis, you will only be asked to answer one question at the start of the questionnaire.
The full survey will take approximately 10 - 15 minutes to complete. Respondents will be entered in the draw to win an iPad mini if they indicate they wish to do so. We are seeking your professional opinion, so there are no right or wrong answers. Your answers are strictly confidential and all responses will be analysed anonymously. No further involvement is necessary, unless you give us permission to contact you again.
Those podiatrists or physiotherapists who are interested in taking part in a second, smaller project, which consists of a one-to-one telephone interview, can indicate their interest by providing their contact details at the end of the survey.
Are there any side-effects or benefits of taking part in the study?
We do not foresee any side effects for participants. Taking part will allow you to tell us about your views and experiences of treating people with foot osteoarthritis. The results will help to understand the rationale for current treatment approaches for this patient group, as well as inform future research in this field.
This project has been approved by the University of Melbourne Research Ethics Committee (HREC No. 1442597.1) and is considered to involve minimal risk.
What to do next?
If you are a registered podiatrist or physiotherapist working in Australia or the United Kingdom, and you would like to participate in this project register your interest phoning Dr Kade Paterson on (03) 8344 0425 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org. or go to this page
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