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Table 6 Patient views and experience of medicines management advice and information provided by physiotherapist or podiatrist

From: A comparative case study of prescribing and non-prescribing physiotherapists and podiatrists

Patient views and experience of medicines management advice and information provided by physiotherapist or podiatrist   Physiotherapist Independent
Prescriber
(n = 27)
Physiotherapist
Non-prescriber
(n = 24)
Mann-
Whitney
U-test
Podiatrist
Independent Prescriber
(n = 31)
Podiatrist
Non-prescriber
(n = 13)
Mann-
Whitney
U-test
Total
  Strongly Agree/Agree Strongly Agree/Agree Strongly Agree/Agree
N
(excluding not applicablea)
n % n % p* n % n % p* n %
1. The physiotherapist or podiatrist gave me time to clarify questions I may have had about my medicine 84 24 96.0% 19 86.4% 0.627 21 84.0% 11 91.7% 0.901 75 89.3%
2. The physiotherapist or podiatrist told me when to take my medicine 64 11 73.3% 6 40.0% 0.030 19 82.6% 9 81.8% 0.719 45 70.3%
3. The physiotherapist or podiatrist told me how often I should take my medicine 61 12 85.7% 5 35.6% 0.002 19 86.4% 9 81.8% 0.835 43 70.5%
4. The physiotherapist or podiatrist provided me with information on the purpose of my medicine 75 16 73.7% 14 70.0% 0.547 19 82.6% 11 84.6% 0.549 60 80.0%
5. The physiotherapist or podiatrist provided me with information on how to use my medicine 59 11 73.3% 5 45.5% 0.062 16 80.0% 10 91.0% 0.608 42 71.2%
6. I expect that it will be easy to follow the physiotherapist’s or podiatrist’s advice about my medicine 68 12 75.0% 10 66.7% 0.181 22 91.7% 11 84.6% 0.346 57 83.8%
7. The physiotherapist or podiatrist told me the name of my medicine 71 17 85.0% 9 60.0% 0.178 18 75.0% 9 75.0% 0.354 53 74.6%
Patient views and experience of medicines management advice and information provided by physiotherapist or podiatrist   Physiotherapist Independent
Prescriber
Physiotherapist
Non-prescriber
Podiatrist
Independent Prescriber
Podiatrist
Non-prescriber
  Total
  Strongly Agree/Agree   Strongly Agree/Agree   Strongly Agree/Agree
N (excluding not applicablea) n % n % p* n % n % p* n %
8. The physiotherapist or podiatrist explained the side effects of my medicine 63 11 68.8% 12 70.6% 0.578 13 59.1% 5 50.0% 0.443 41 65.0%
9. I would have liked to have received more information about my medicine from the physiotherapist or podiatrist # 73 3 13.6% 3 17.6% 0.438 0 0.0% 3 25.0% 0.288 9 12.3%
10. The physiotherapist or podiatrist provided me with information on what to do if I missed a dose of my medicine 48 3 25.0% 3 27.3% 0.795 3 21.4% 1 9.1% 0.274 10 20.8%
11. It may be difficult for me to do exactly what the physiotherapist or podiatrist told me to do in relation to my medicine # 56 0 0.0% 1 9.1% 0.038 5 23.8% 1 9.1% 0.832 7 12.5%
12. I’m not sure it will be worth the trouble to take the medicine advised by the physiotherapist or podiatrist # 62 2 13.3% 1 8.3% 0.298 1 6.7% 1 8.3% 0.570 5 8.1%
13. Receiving a prescription for medicine from my physiotherapist or podiatrist reduced my waiting time today 40 4 30.8% 1 16.6% 0.919 6 46.1% 6 75.0% 0.446 17 42.5%
14. I am likely to take the medicine prescribed for me today 47 7 36.8% 2 28.5% 0.022 13 72.2% 11 100.0% 0.204 33 70.2%
  1. a those patients who did not respond “Yes” to the preceding question “During the consultation today, did the physiotherapist or podiatrist prescribe and/or give you advice and information about medicines(s)?”
  2. *p-value based on Mann Whitney U test utilising the original 5 point Likert scale; for ease of interpretation, the table only displays for each item the number of patients who responded Strongly Agree/Agree
  3. Note that for items labelled # this may not be regarded as a positive response