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Table 1 Determinants of responding physiotherapists (n = 522)

From: Current use of measurement instruments by physiotherapists working in Germany: a cross-sectional online survey

Determinant Value
Sex [male/female] 194/328 (37%/63%)
Age in years, mean 38.2 ± 11.5 (19–67)
 18–30 188 (36%)
 31–40 111 (21%)
 41–50 121 (23%)
 50+ 102 (20%)
Highest degree of education
 Diploma (vocational school) 368 (70%)
 Bachelor/diploma (university) 110 (21%)
 Master 38 (7%)
 Higher academic degree 6 (1%)
Further education/training, mediana 2 (1–3)
 None 45 (9%)
 Medical exercise training 293 (56%)
 Manual therapy 333 (64%)
 Manual lymphatic drainage 314 (60%)
 Vojta therapy 19 (4%)
 Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) 120 (23%)
 Bobath/Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) 130(25%)
 At least one other training 149 (29%)
Work experience in years
  < 1 48 (9%)
 1–3 63 (12%)
 4–10 132 (25%)
 11–15 56 (10%)
  > 15 223 (43%)
Primary setting of work
 Hospital or rehabilitation clinic (inpatient) 97 (19%)
 Outpatient clinic/(private) practice 397 (76%)
 No primary setting of work or “other” 28 (5%)
Number of working hours per week, median 38 (30–40)
 1–30 172 (33%)
 31–40 240 (46%)
 41+ 110 (21%)
Number of patients per week
 1–5 46 (9%)
 6–10 89 (17%)
 11–15 132 (25%)
 16–20 172 (33%)
 21–25 52 (10%)
  > 25 31 (6%)
Main type of treated patients
 Musculoskeletal 381 (73%)
 Neurological or internal medicine 53 (10%)
 Mixed 88 (17%)
Age group of patientsa
 Young children < 6 years 63 (12%)
 Children 6–13 years 125 (24%)
 Adolescents 14–17 years 220 (42%)
 Adults 18–65 years 489 (94%)
 Older adults > 65 years 386 (74%)
  1. Values are the total numbers (percent) or indicated otherwise. Mean values are given with the standard deviation (range), and median values are given with the interquartile range. a Multiple answers possible