Medical opinions, beliefs and prescription of orthopaedic footwear: a survey of Dutch orthopaedists and rehabilitation practitioners.

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Boer, H. and Seydel, E.R. (1998) Medical opinions, beliefs and prescription of orthopaedic footwear: a survey of Dutch orthopaedists and rehabilitation practitioners. Clinical Rehabilitation, 12 (3). pp. 265-273. ISSN 0269-2155

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Abstract:Objectives: To get insight into medical opinions about the use of orthopaedic footwear and the medical and social factors related to the prescription of orthopaedic footwear by orthopaedists and rehabilitation practitioners. Methods: In this study 85 orthopaedists and 96 rehabilitation practitioners filled out a questionnaire measuring perceived desirability of prescribing orthopaedic footwear in specific medical conditions, the perceived advantages of orthopaedic footwear, the perceived disadvantages of orthopaedic footwear, the attitude to orthopaedic footwear and satisfaction with the co-operation with the pedorthist. Clinicians were asked to estimate their referral rate of orthopaedic footwear. Results: Orthopaedists and rehabilitation practitioners agree that the prescription of orthopaedic footwear should be considered in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, amputation of the foot and diabetic foot and not be considered in the case of sprain and back pain. In the case of hallux valgi, dermatological problems and clavus (severe corn) a reticent prescription policy seems to be the optimal choice. In the other medical conditions studied no unequivocal prescription policy could be derived. Respondents who prescribed orthopaedic footwear more than the median (more than 50 prescriptions per year) were more often rehabilitation practitioner, perceived more advantages of prescription footwear, perceived less disadvantages of prescription footwear and were more satisfied about the co-operation with the pedorthist. Conclusion: In some medical conditions orthopaedists and rehabilitation practitioners agree about the optimal use of orthopaedic footwear. In some other medical conditions orthopaedists and rehabilitation practitioners are divided about the use of orthopaedic footwear. Reported rate of prescription was not related to desirability of prescription, but was related to beliefs such as perceived advantages, perceived disadvantages and satisfaction
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1191/026921598673747905
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