Last updated on April 2019

Correlation of Trust and Outcomes Following Physical Therapy for Chronic Low Back Pain


Brief description of study

To investigate whether changes in trust between physical therapist and patient correlate to outcomes after receiving physical therapy care. We will be utilizing established questionnaires from the medical literature and one new generated questionnaire.

Detailed Study Description

  1. The clinic site staff and physical therapist will fill out facility consent form to participate as a treatment site. The treating physical therapist participant will complete an informed consent form at their clinic site, if willing to participate via phone call with PI. If they consent, they will fill in a demographics form and be given an ID# that will be used for data collection by PI after informed consent received. This will take about 5 minutes.
  2. Front office staff at each physical therapy clinic will provide recruitment letter for each new patient that potentially meets inclusion/exclusion criteria (coming into the clinic with low back that has persisted for greater than 3 month). If patient agrees to participate, they will fill out informed consent and HIPPA form on-line via PsychData link provided to them by clinic staff.
  3. After completing the informed consent process, the patient participant will complete the necessary forms provided in PsychData link prior to the initial visit (Baseline demographics, General Trust in Physician Scale, Wake Forest Scale, Trust in Physician Scale, Patient Care Assessment Survey, Modified Oswestry Disability Index, Numeric Pain Rating Scale) Completing the forms will take place in the waiting room as they fill out their other normal initial paperwork needed for clinic site. This should take about 10-15 minutes. The forms will be handled electronically as the information is placed in the PI's individual PsychData account. The therapist participants will be blinded to research questionnaires information through the whole research project.
  4. The patient then will receive a normal physical therapy initial evaluation and treatment as directed by the physical therapist based on the patient presentation.
  5. At the conclusion of the initial visit, the patient participant will complete the necessary forms on-line through a second PsychData link (Wake Forest Scale, Trust in Physician Scale, Patient Care Assessment Survey, Working Alliance Inventory - Short Revised). This should take about 5-10 minutes.
  6. Participant will continue to receive normal physical therapy care as directed by the physical therapist based on patient presentation. The majority of the visits (80%) have to be with the initial physical therapist involved in the care of the patient for that patient participant to be eligible for the study. The patient participant will still be eligible for all the gift cards even if they are eventually excluded due to not seeing the same therapist for 80% of the visits.
  7. At the conclusion of care for the current episode (or at the end of 6 months of continual care by the provider), the patient participant will fill out forms on line to a third PsychData link (Wake Forest Scale, Trust in Physician Scale, Patient Care Assessment Survey, Working Alliance Inventory - Short Revised, Modified Oswestry Disability Index, Numeric Pain Rating Scale, Global Rate of Change). This should take about 10-15 minutes. If the patient is a no show and does not return for follow up visits, the principle investigator will send follow up letters to try to get final surveys completed.
  8. After the second visit, the treating physical therapist will complete a PT Survey of Patient Connection and Engagement form on the patient via an on-line PyschData link. This will take less than 5 minutes. Treating therapist participant will be notified by PI that patient has consented into the study. This on-line PsychData information will be kept confidential from the patient participant.
  9. At the conclusion of care (or 6 month time period), the physical therapist and clinic site will complete appropriate forms (PT Survey of Patient Connection and Engagement, number of visits, compliance (no show/cancellations), discharge disposition, and Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) billing codes for patients care) and send back to the principle investigator.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03443401

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