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Physiotherapy Practice and Research is the Official Journal of
The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists. It is an international, peer-reviewed journal which aims to advance physiotherapy practice and research through scholarly publication. The journal has a clinical focus and publishes material that will improve the evidence base for physiotherapy and assist physiotherapists in the management of their patients. Contemporary physiotherapy practice incorporates a diverse range of activity and the journal aims to support physiotherapists, and publish material, fromall areas of practice, be that the clinical setting, education, research or management.
Physiotherapy Practice and Research welcomes submissions in the form of original research papers, critical reviews (systematic or state-of-the-art papers), case studies, editorials, expert commentaries and book reviews. Letters to the editor are also welcome. The journal will commission focussed or clinical reviews in areas of interest; those planning such reviews should contact the editor in the first instance. Physiotherapy Practice and Research also aims to foster research capacity within the Profession and as such supports and encourages submission from new researchers.
Physiotherapy Practice and Research is a member of and subscribes to the principles of COPE, the Committee on Publication Ethics.
Abstract: INTRODUCTION: Low back pain (LBP) is the top global cause of disability, and physiotherapy interventions are used to manage it. However, understanding of the practice pattern of physiotherapists dealing with LBP patients in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is limited. This study aimed to explore the LBP practice pattern of LMIC’s (i. e., Bangladesh) physiotherapists by their demographic and professional factors. METHODS: This cross-sectional study sent a survey to randomly selected physiotherapists via email. RESULTS: Data of 423 illegible physiotherapist were analyzed. The majority of the physiotherapists (54.8%) were nongovernment service holders, and 87.7% worked in…an urban setting. Recommended interventions were frequently used by only 12.3%, occasionally used by 66.2%, and 21.5% did not offer those interventions. Partially recommended interventions were frequently used by 33.3%, occasionally used by 43.7%, and never used by 23% of physiotherapists. For not recommended interventions, 69.3% occasionally, 13.5% frequently, and 17.3% never used such interventions. CONCLUSION: The study explored the practice pattern of physiotherapists of an LMIC by comparing available evidence-based practice guidelines for LBP. The findings of this study may provide an LMIC database to inform future research, clinical practice and education to ensure adherence to evidence-based LBP physiotherapy management.
Keywords: Bangladesh, low back pain, physiotherapists, low-and middle-income countries, practice pattern.