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Table 1 Descriptive survey data

From: Current management strategies for patellofemoral pain: an online survey of 99 practising UK physiotherapists

Respondent Characteristics
n (%) What is your primary role? (Question 3)
NHS Band 5 NHS Band 6 NHS Band 7 NHS Band 8a or above Private Sports Educational/Researcher
All (n = 99) 8 (8.1) 28 (28.3) 15 (15.1) 9 (9.1) 27 (27.3) 6 (6.1) 6 (6.1)
SI (n = 33) 2 (6.1) 10 (30.3) 6 (18.3) 2 (6.1) 9 (27.3) 2 (6.1) 2 (6.1)
NSI (n = 66) 6 (9.1) 18 (27.3) 9 (13.6) 7 (10.6) 18 (27.3) 4 (6.1) 4 (6.1)
n (%) How many times do you typically see patients with PFP? (Question 11)
Once Twice 3–4 5–6 7–8 9–10 10 +
All (n = 99) 1 (1.0) 3 (3.0) 53 (53.5) 31 (31.3) 5 (5.1) 1 (1.0) 5 (5.1)
SI (n = 33) 0 (0) 0 (0) 17 (51.5) 9 (27.3) 3 (9.1) 1 (3.0) 3 (9.1)
NSI (n = 66) 1 (1.5) 3 (4.5) 36 (54.5) 22 (33.3) 2 (3.0) 0 (0) 2 (3.0)
n (%) How long would you typically expect to see patients with PFP? (Question 12)
Over 3 weeks Over 6 weeks Over 9 weeks Over 3 months Over 6 months Over 12 months
All (n = 99) 12 (12.1) 31 (31.3) 22 (22.2) 29 (29.3) 5 (5.1) 0 (0)
SI (n = 33) 4 (12.1) 10 (30.3) 6 (18.2) 12 (36.4) 1 (3.0) 0 (0)
NSI (n = 66) 8 (12.1) 21 (31.8) 16 (24.2) 17 (25.8) 4 (6.1) 0 (0)
Management Strategies
  What management strategies do you use for PFP? Tick all that applies? (Question 4)
n (%) Nil Heat Cold Closed Chain Open Chain VMO Education Advice Stretches Orthotics Taping Acupuncture Electrotherapy Bracing Mobilisation Other
All (n = 99) 0 (0) 5 (5.1) 13 (13.1) 97 (98.0) 75 (75.8) 56 (56.6) 95 (96.0) 64 (64.6) 53 (53.5) 69 (69.7) 11 (11.1) 5 (5.1) 9 (9.1) 54 (54.5) 10 (10.1)
SI (n = 33) 0 (0) 2 (6.1) 4 (12.1) 32 (97.0) 29 (87.9)* 15 (45.5) 31 (93.9) 21 (63.6) 23 (69.7)* 23 (69.7) 2 (6.1) 3 (9.1) 7 (21.2)* 18 (54.5) 6 (18.2)
NSI (n = 66) 0 (0) 3 (4.5) 9 (13.6) 65 (98.5) 45 (68.2)* 41 (62.1) 64 (97.0) 43 (65.2) 30 (45.5)* 46 (69.7) 9 (13.6) 2 (3.0) 2 (3.0)* 36 (54.5) 4 (6.1)
Exercise Prescription
n (%) If you prescribe exercises, how many different exercises do you prescribe at any one time? (Question 5)
1 2–3 4–5 6 +
All (n = 99) 2 (2.0) 76 (76.8) 21 (21.2) 0 (0)
SI (n = 33) 0 (0) 29 (87.9) 4 (12.1) 0 (0)
NSI (n = 66) 2 (3.0) 47 (71.2) 17 (25.8) 0 (0)
n (%) If you prescribe exercises, how often do you ask them to be performed? (Question 6)
Every other day, or less Once a day Twice a day More than twice a day
All (n = 99) 15 (15.2) 34 (34.3) 34 (34.3) 16 (16.2)
SI (n = 33) 7 (21.2) 11 (33.3) 11 (33.3) 4 (12.1)
NSI (n = 66) 8 (12.1) 23 (34.8) 23 (34.8) 12 (18.2)
n (%) If you prescribe exercises; how many total repetitions do you usually prescribe for an exercise? (Question 7)
Less than 30 30–50 50 + Patient self-directed
All (n = 99) 52 (52.5) 19 (19.2) 3 (3.0) 25 (25.3)
SI (n = 33) 17 (51.5) 5 (15.2) 1 (3.0) 10 (30.3)
NSI (n = 66) 35 (53.0) 14 (21.2) 2 (3.0) 15 (22.7)
n (%) If you prescribe exercises, do you encourage patients to continue if they were painful? (Question 8)  
Yes No Other  
All (n = 99) 13 (13.1) 54 (54.5) 32 (32.3)  
SI (n = 33) 2 (6.1) 20 (60.6) 11 (33.3)  
NSI (n = 66) 11 (16.7) 34 (51.5) 21 (31.8)  
Advice on Sport and Leisure Activity
n (%) Do you encourage patients to continue with their recreational/sporting activities?
Yes. But only if pain free. Yes, regardless of pain. Yes, but only with pain below a certain level No Other
All (n = 99) 31 (31.3) 1 (1.0) 62 (62.6) 3 (3.0) 2 (2.0)
SI (n = 33) 9 (27.3) 0 (0) 23 (69.7) 1 (3.0) 0 (0)
NSI (n = 66) 22 (33.3) 1 (1.5) 39 (59.1) 2 (3.0) 2 (3.0)
Self-Management
n (%) Do you expect patients to: (Question 10)
Self-Manage after 1st Appt’ Self-Manage with guidance Self-Manage with physio led treatment Attend for regular physio led treatment
All (n = 99) 2 (2.0) 40 (40.4) 50 (50.5) 7 (7.1)
SI (n = 33) 0 (0) 12 (36.4) 20 (60.6) 1 (3.0)
NSI (n = 66) 2 (3.0) 28 (42.4) 30 (45.5) 6 (9.1)
  1. All values are reported as actual number of responders. Values in parenthesis indicate percentages
  2. All all responders to the survey, SI physiotherapists with a special interest, NSI physiotherapists without a special interest, NHS National Health Service
  3. *Statistically significant difference between physiotherapists with a special interest and physiotherapists without a special interest (p < 0.05)