CSP Research Priorities

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CSP Research Priorities 2010

Aims of the project

1: to identify the areas of physiotherapy practice requiring evidence most urgently, and

2: to strategically direct and maximise opportunities to develop the evidence base in those areas, ensuring the involvement of service users and all other stakeholders throughout the project.

Headline Results

Musculoskeletal: 24 topics prioritised.Top priority: Exploration of interventions / strategies to increase patients' adherence to / concordance with exercise programmes.

Neurology: 43 topics prioritised.Top priority: What is best practice in the rehabilitation of the upper limb in patients with stroke with respect to timing, content and dosage?

Cardio-respiratory and medical rehabilitation: 30 topics prioritised.Top priority: Does access to an emergency on-call physiotherapy service improve patient outcomes (for example, mortality rates, length of hospital stay, and incidence of respiratory complications)?

Mental and physical health and well being: 30 topics prioritised.Top priority: Effectiveness of programmes to change physical activity behaviour for people with long term conditions.

Project methodology

The project had ethical approval from the University of Brighton Faculty of Health and Social Sciences Research Ethics and Governance Committee (FREGC-10-015.R1). Research topics have been identified and prioritised by Expert Panels.

Expert Panels

Experts included a mix of clinicians, user representatives, researchers, educators, managers, commissioners/purchasers, members involved in guideline development and policy makers."

Four steering groups were appointed in June 2010 and together with the CSP, set up four expert panels to encompass all areas of clinical interest across the profession:

musculoskeletal (61 panel members)neurology (60 panel members)cardio-respiratory and medical rehabilitation (43 panel members)mental and physical health and well being (40 panel members)

Round 3 saw significant agreement amongst members in each of the expert panels."

Wherever possible, panels had representatives from:

all four UK Countriesrelevant patient groups, including paediatrics, women's and men's health, working population, older peoplerelevant CSP Professional Networksa range of settings, including primary, secondary and tertiary care, independent hospitals and charities, private sectors, higher education institutes and social services.

For information about the cardio-respiratory research priorities click here

For more information about any other part of the project click here

Reviewed June 2015 - still current version of research priorities.