PhysioUpdate 15th June 2021


'Completely new' behavioural intervention for physios treating people with knee osteoarthritis

Physiotherapists have helped to develop a ‘completely new behavioural intervention’ for treating people with knee osteoarthritis (OA), according to a paper written by team of researchers based in England.

The ‘cognitive muscular therapy’ intervention – which brings together ideas from the disparate fields of pain science, biomechanics and health psychology – can be delivered by physiotherapists, the team notes.

 

 

One person in 10 aged over 55 has been diagnosed with knee osteoarthritis (X-ray scan)

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Exercising reaps benefits for people with coronary heart disease who are depressed, review shows

People with coronary heart disease who are depressed seem to gain more benefit from exercise than from antidepressants and psychotherapy or more complex care – at least in the short term.

That is the conclusion of a study, written by an international team led by Frank Doyle from the department of health psychology at the Dublin-based Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) University of Medicine and Health Sciences, that appears in this month’s edition of Psychosomatic Medicine.

The study adds to a growing body of evidence on the impact lifestyle has on treatment options

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Patient safety could be compromised as physios and other AHPs take up 'designated nursing roles'

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) issued a press release today (9 June) claiming that increasing numbers of NHS posts are being opened up to physiotherapists and other allied health professionals (AHPs), despite them being designated as ‘registered nursing (RN) roles’.

The release points to ‘growing instances’ of staff lacking nurse qualifications taking up registered nursing roles – a practice that it says ‘leaves patients without professional nursing care and compromises safety’.

 

Appointing physios and other AHPs to 'nursing posts' could pose patient safety risks

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