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Table 3 Characteristics of measurement instrument usage for most frequently used screening tool, SBT and QBPDS

From: Use and perceived added value of patient-reported measurement instruments by physiotherapists treating acute low back pain: a survey study among Dutch physiotherapists

 Most frequently used measurement instrument (n = 83)SBT (n = 32)QBPDS (n = 27)
Measurement instrument completed bya
 patient online48 (58%)23 (72%)12 (44%)
 PT through interview with patient37 (45%)14 (44%)11 (41%)
 patient on paper14 (17%)7 (22%)4 (15%)
 missing2 (3%)0 (0%)1 (4%)
Measurement instrument used ata
 start of treatment period78 (94%)32 (100%)23 (85%)
 end of treatment period39 (47%)7 (22%)16 (59%)
 during treatment period28 (34%)5 (16%)11 (41%)
 missing1 (1%)0 (0%)1 (4%)
Underlying reason to use measurement instrumenta
 to evaluate treatment effect44 (53%)9 (28%)17 (63%)
 to assess symptoms42 (51%)19 (59%)13 (48%)
 to estimate prognosis29 (35%)22 (69%)5 (19%)
 to support clinical decision-making24 (29%)15 (47%)0 (0%)
 to support patient education24 (29%)7 (22%)7 (26%)
 as required by insurance company20 (24%)6 (19%)6 (22%)
 as recommended in guideline14 (17%)6 (19%)4 (15%)
Outcome influenced clinical decision-making
 (almost) always3 (4%)1 (3%)0 (0%)
 often20 (24%)13 (41%)2 (7%)
 sometimes41 (49%)13 (41%)18 (67%)
 seldom15 (18%)4 (12%)5 (19%)
 never3 (4%)1 (3%)1 (4%)
 missing1 (1%)0 (0%)1 (4%)
Outcome discussed with patient
  (almost) always27 (33%)9 (28%)10 (37%)
 often28 (34%)11 (34%)8 (30%)
 sometimes18 (22%)6 (19%)6 (22%)
 seldom9 (11%)6 (19%)2 (7%)
 never0 (0%)0 (0%)0 (0%)
 missing1 (%)0 (0%)1 (4%)
Most important feature of measurement instrument
 applicability (fast and easy)29 (35%)n/an/a
 reliability/validity27 (33%)  
 interpretability20 (24%)  
 inside electronic health record4 (5%)  
 other2 (2%)  
 missing1 (1%)  
Most preferable outcome of measurement instrument
 risk profile classification46 (55%)  
 probability24 (29%)n/an/a
 yes/no prediction12 (14%)  
 missing1 (1%)  
  1. a more than one option possible;
  2. QBPDS Quebec Back Pain Disability Scale, SBT STarT Back Screening Tool, PT physiotherapist