Physiotherapy private practitioners’ opinions regarding interprofessional collaborative practice: A qualitative study.

Karen Francis, Jack A Seaton, Anne Jones, Catherine L Johnston

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Physiotherapy private practitioners comprise a growing proportion of Australia’s primary care workforce, yet their views and experiences of interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP) are poorly documented. The aim of this study was to explore Australian physiotherapy private practitioners’ opinions regarding IPCP. Twenty-eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with physiotherapists in 10 private practice sites in Queensland, Australia. Interviews were analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. Data analysis produced five themes that characterised physiotherapists’ perceptions of IPCP: (a) quality of care considerations; (b) not a one-size-fits-all approach; (c) the need for effective interprofessional communication; (d) fostering a positive work culture; and (e) fear of losing clientele. The findings from this study suggest that physiotherapy private practitioners value IPCP because it can deliver superior client outcomes, can strengthen interprofessional relationships, and has the potential to enhance the professional reputation of the organisations within which they work. Physiotherapists also claimed that IPCP can contribute to poor client outcomes when performed inappropriately, while some reported approaching interprofessional referrals with caution following instances of lost clientele. The mixed views towards IPCP in this study highlight the need to explore the facilitators and barriers to IPCP in the Australian physiotherapy private practice setting.
Original languageEnglish
Article numberCJIC-2023-0029.R2
Pages (from-to)1-29
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Interprofessional Care
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023


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