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Table 4 Detailed descriptions of discordant cases for surgical triage

From: Can a physiotherapy student assume the role of an advanced practice physiotherapist in Orthopaedic surgery triage? A prospective observational study

Case Clinical diagnosis Surgical triage Reason for wrong surgical triage
1 Hip osteoarthritis Surgical First patient seen during study period;
PS made same diagnosis as OS, however deemed condition to be of lesser severity when interpreting X-rays;
PS suggested a conservative treatment.
2 Glenohumeral osteoarthritis Surgical Second patient seen during study period;
PS made wrong diagnosis of rotator cuff tear due to misinterpretation of x-rays;
PS suggested a conservative treatment.
3 Patellofemoral osteoarthritis Surgical PS made wrong diagnosis of patellofemoral pain syndrome due to inaccurate physical examination of patient;
PS suggested a conservative treatment
4 Rotator cuff tear Surgical PS made same diagnosis as OS, however was unaware of existence of a rarely performed new surgical intervention (arthroscopic superior capsule reconstruction for irreparable rotator cuff tears);
PS suggested a conservative treatment due to perceived inability to operate patient.
5 Knee Osteoarthritis Conservative PS made same diagnosis as OS;
Patient had previously undergone a meniscectomy on same knee and developed knee osteoarthritis afterwards;
PS deemed the condition to be of greater severity;
PS suggested a surgical treatment.
  1. PS physiotherapy student, OS orthopaedic surgeon