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Table 4 Reasons for referral/prescription of physiotherapy services

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

Reason for prescription Europe [%]
(n = 72)
East [%]
(n = 9)
North [%]
(n = 23)
South [%]
(n = 28)
West [%]
(n = 12)
Fisher test
p-value*
Diagnosis as such 63.9 55.6 78.3 50.0 75.0 0.1566
Acute exacerbation 58.3 55.6 56.5 60.7 58.3 0.9849
Worsening of symptomes 77.8 88.9 65.2 82.1 83.3 0.4506
Preventive care 70.8 55.6 73.9 67.9 83.3 0.5538
Paliative care 40.3 0.0 34.8 50.0 58.3 0.0186
Psychological issues 37.5 22.2 26.1 39.3 66.7 0.1037
Other 8.3 0.0 8.7 10.7 8.3 0.9339
Hard health reasons 95.8 88.9 95.7 100.0 91.7 0.2190
Soft health reasons 77.8 55.6 73.9 82.1 91.7 0.2552
Number of reasons [median] 4 3.0 4 3.5 4.5 0.1720a
  1. The percentages do not sum up to 100 % as some centres checked more than one option
  2. Hard health reasons group consists of “Diagnosis as such”, “Acute exacerbation” and “Worsening of symptomes”. Soft health reasons group consists of “Preventive, paliative and psychological care” reasons
  3. *p-values of Fisher exact test for each reason. When Bonferroni correction is applied for 7 comparisons (level of significance 0.007) there are no statistically significant differences between regions
  4. aKruskall-Wallis test for number of reasons given by center representatives