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Table 5 Additional imaging and conservative treatment recommendations made by the physiotherapy student and orthopaedic surgeons

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

Further Management Physiotherapy Student Orthopaedic Surgeons Agreement (κ)
Frequency Percent Frequency Percent
Imaging 13 15.1% 26 30.2% 0.45
 X-Ray 9 10.5% 19 22.1% 0.50
 CT-Scan 3 3.5% 5 5.8% 0.74
 MRI 0 0.0% 1 1.2% 0.00
 Other Imaginga 1 1.2% 1 1.2% N/A
Conservative treatment modalities 66 76.7% 71 82.6% 0.39
 Advice and Education 43 50.0% 43 50.0% 0.26
 Adjustments to Medication 24 27.9% 20 23.3% 0.39
 Local Corticosteroid infiltration 44 51.2% 40 46.5% 0.49
 Orthosis or Walking Aid 5 5.8% 13 15.1% 0.39
 Exercises 35 40.7% 24 27.9% 0.47
 Outpatient Physiotherapy Referral 11 12.8% 13 15.1% 0.32
  1. N/A: not applicable. a included quantitative computed tomography (physiotherapy student) and ultrasound (orthopaedic surgeon)