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Table 1 Selected socio-demographic and professional characteristics of physiotherapists (n = 236, unless noted)

From: Physiotherapy practice in the private sector: organizational characteristics and models

Variable n (%) mean (SD) missing n (%)
Gender    
  Men 86 (36.4)   
  Women 150 (63.6)   
Age (years; range 23.9-69.1)   38.4 (10.2)  
Mother tongue    
  French 201 (85.2)   
  English 20 (8.5)   
  Other 15 (6.4)   
Main language used with patients    
  French 216 (91.5)   
  English 16 (6.8)   
  Other 4 (1.7)   
Highest level of education    
  Baccalaureate 189 (80.1)   
  Certificate/micro-program 6 (2.5)   
  Master’s 23 (9.7)   
  Doctoral 1 (0.4)   
  Other 17 (7.2)   
Level of education of PTβ diploma    1 (0.4)
  Baccalaureate 218 (92.4)   
  Master’s 14 (5.9)   
  Other 3 (1.3)   
Professional experience (years)   13.3 (9.8)  
Professional experience with people with LBPλ (years)   12.5 (9.4)  
Duration of work in organization (years)   8.1 (7.1)  
Affiliation with organization    
  Owner/co-owner 81 (34.3)   
  Self-employed 28 (11.9)   
  Employee 127 (53.8)   
Remuneration    
  Per patient (visit) 108 (45.8)   
  Hourly salary 84 (35.6)   
  Mixed (per patient + hourly) 24 (10.2)   
  Other 20 (8.5)   
Worked also in another organization 54 (22.9)   2 (0.8)
Mean hours worked in a usual week*   33.1 (8.7) 2 (0.8)
Mean patients seen (visits) in a usual week*   48.7 (18.2) 9 (3.8)
Mean nights worked after 6 pm in a usual week*   1.6 (1.2) 11 (4.7)
Contributed to teaching in physiotherapy* 18 (7.6)   4 (1.7)
Supervised physiotherapy training* 58 (24.6)   
% of clientele with LBP*   38.5 (14.0) 2 (0.8)
% of clientele with LBP referred by physician*   40.7 (24.5) 1 (0.4)
% of clientele with LBP covered by*:    2 (0.8)
  Workers’ Compensation Board   20.9 (18.3)  
  Automobile Insurance Society   9.1 (9.6)  
  Private insurance   56.3 (23.8)  
  Person   12.4 (11.1)  
  Other   1.3 (2.9)  
% of clientele according to stage of LBP*:    1 (0.4)
  Acute   33.5 (19.5)  
  Sub-acute   33.2 (14.1)  
  Chronic   33.3 (19.3)  
Main intervention approach for patients with LBP:    1 (0.4)
  Conventionalα 25 (10.6)   
  Functional/exercise 33 (14.0)   
  Mechanical (McKenzie/manual therapy) 131 (55.5)   
  Osteopathic/global postural re-education 41 (17.4)   
  Other 5 (2.1)   
Secondary intervention approach for patients with LBP:    6 (2.5)
  Conventional 56 (23.7)   
  Functional/exercise 118 (50.0)   
  Mechanical (McKenzie/manual therapy) 41 (17.4)   
  Osteopathic/global postural re-education 14 (5.9)   
  Other 1 (0.4)   
  1. βPT = physiotherapy.
  2. λLBP = low back pain.
  3. *In previous 12 months.
  4. αIncludes for example electrotherapy, physical modalities, soft tissue techniques.