A qualitative appraisal of professional medical attitudes to orthopaedic manipulative therapy
Authors: Thornton Smith JM
Source: Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy 5(2):80-86.
Abstract: The study explored the level of knowledge of medical practitioners in South Africa regarding manipulative therapy for neuro-muscular-articular problems (NMA). The need for this study arose due to a suspiciously low rate of referrals for therapy of patients with NMA. A questionnaire was used to collect the data from 467 medical practitioners in the greater Johannesburg area. The sample base comprised of 140 respondents. Results from the study indicated a lack of knowledge regarding the effectiveness of orthopedic manipulative therapy (OMT) amongst medical practitioners, and highlighted the need for more efforts to disseminate this information more effectively. (CIRRIE Abstract)