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Table 3 Health care professional who referred to/prescribed physiotherapy services

From: The organisation of physiotherapy for people with multiple sclerosis across Europe: a multicentre questionnaire survey

Type of professional Europe [%]
(n = 72)
East [%]
(n = 9)
North [%]
(n = 23)
South [%]
(n = 28)
West [%]
(n = 12)
Fisher test
p-value*
MD Neurologist 59.7 66.7 73.9 39.3 75.0 0.0482
MD Rehabilitation Specialist 63.9 77.8 47.8 64.3 83.3 0.1753
MD General Practitioner 20.8 22.2 39.1 3.6 25.0 0.0088**
Physiotherapist 19.4 11.1 43.5 3.6 16.7 0.0028**
Other 13.9 0.0 30.4 7.1 8.3 0.0710
  1. The percentages do not sum up to 100 % as some respondents checked more than one option. “Other” option was often specified as patient self-referral
  2. *p-values of Fisher exact test for each referring profession. When Bonferroni correction is applied for 5 comparisons (level of significance 0.01) the differences between regions in the prescriptive possibility of General Practicioner and Physiotherapist are statistically significant
  3. **Statistically significant result at 5 % significance level