Physios in GP clinics curb unnecessary consults
Placing physiotherapists in general practices to manage back pain cases frees up hundreds of GP appointments, according to results from a successful UK pilot program.
During the trial, tens of thousands of patients could self-refer to a practice-based physiotherapist for musculoskeletal pain rather than going to see a GP for a referral for hospital-based treatment.
The program will now be rolled out more widely after an evaluation has revealed the pilot, which began in March 2017, resulted in a 4% drop in GP referrals for surgery and other treatments, National Health Service England has announced.
In one practice, the addition of a practice physiotherapist freed up 560 GP appointments over one year.
In another region, there was a 20% reduction in hospital referrals, ending a five-year history of an annual 12% increase in referrals, the pilot reported.
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