Clinically important interventions are those whose effects are large enough to make the associated costs, inconveniences, effort and harms worthwhile.
Dr Manuela Ferreira from The University of Sydney recently looked at the clinical significance of treatment and found that on average for treatment to be worth the effort, patients expected a 42% improvement in symptoms. The bottom line is that patient expectations seem to be underestimated by most clinicians and researchers. Hear the interview on the ABC Radio National’s Health Report.
With fast paced living and patient demands for the quick fix that is often reinforced with a doctor’s script and over the counter medications, more than ever manual therapists need to be demonstrating immediate clinical outcomes.