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Table 1 Practitioners in the same practice location and their professional referral relationships with osteopaths

From: A workforce survey of Australian osteopathy: analysis of a nationally-representative sample of osteopaths from the Osteopathy Research and Innovation Network (ORION) project

Health professional Working in the same practice location Sending referral(s) Receiving referral(s)
  n (%) n (%) n (%)
Another osteopath 643 (64.8) 506 (51.0) 614 (61.9)
General practitioner 72 (7.3) 878 (88.5) 886 (89.3)
Medical specialist 31 (3.1) 443 (44.7) 237 (23.9)
Podiatrist 147 (14.8) 651 (65.6) 471 (47.5)
Physiotherapist 144 (14.5) 331 (33.4) 266 (26.8)
Exercise physiologist 124 (12.5) 398 (40.1) 258 (26.0)
Occupational therapist 19 (1.9) 106 (10.7) 61 (6.1)
Psychologist/Counsellor 191 (19.3) 349 (35.2) 154 (15.5)
Massage therapist 501 (50.5) 671 (67.6) 754 (76.0)
Acupuncturist 188 (19.0) 451 (45.5) 370 (37.3)
Naturopath 193 (19.5) 477 (48.1) 400 (40.3)
Dietician 72 (7.3) 167 (16.8) 39 (3.9)
Nutritionist 78 (7.9) 129 (13.0) 55 (5.5)
Others 201 (20.3) 148 (14.9) 153 (15.4)