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Title: Availability and use of electrotherapy devices: a survey
Authors: Shah, SGS
Farrow, A
Esnouf, A
Keywords: Electrotherapy
Electrophysical agents
Equipment
National Health Service
Physiotherapy
Survey
Publication Date: 2007
Publisher: MA Healthcare Limited.
Citation: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 14(6): 260-264
Abstract: Electrophysical agents such as radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (shortwave and microwave), ultrasound, laser and electrical stimulation are used for therapeutic purpose in physiotherapy departments. They are primarily used for treating a wide range of musculoskeletal injuries. This study investigated the availability and use of therapeutic diathermy, ultrasound, laser, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and interferential equipment in 46 physiotherapy departments in NHS hospitals in the south of England, using a self-administered questionnaire. Results indicated that therapeutic ultrasound was the most commonly available and most often used modality by surveyed departments. Pulsed shortwave diathermy, interferential, and laser were available to a lesser degree and also used less often. Continuous shortwave diathermy was used rarely and only in larger departments. Microwave diathermy was not available in any of the surveyed departments. The level of non-use of equipment despite availability was highest for continuous shortwave diathermy followed by pulsed shortwave diathermy and then laser. The rare use and total non-use of some of the modalities, despite availability of equipment, may have implications for purchasers of this expensive equipment. While the findings of this study show a regional trend in NHS physiotherapy departments, this may not be generalizable to a national level.
Description: This item is published and the copyright holder of this article is the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation © 2010 MA Healthcare Limited, http://www.ijtr.co.uk/. The article is available here with the permission of the copyright holder. Any use of the article from this site for personal use is permitted; however, if it is to be used for any other purpose, or reproduced in part or in full, the copyright holder must be contacted.
Sponsorship: This study was funded by the Health and Safety Executive, UK, (Grant No. 4371/R47.022)
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/4566
ISSN: 1741-1645
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