May 22, 2014

Shouldering the Burden

In a health care environment fraught with long wait times, the results of a study from the Holland Musculoskeletal Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute (SRI) are welcome news.

For patients with shoulder problems, the wait time for surgical consultation in Ontario is as long as two years. Through visiting with an advanced practice physiotherapist (APP) first, however, these wait times are reduced significantly. The responsibilities of an APP include triaging referrals, providing assessment and ordering investigations (including magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography scans, ultrasounds and X-rays).

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