Knowledge and attitudes toward musculoskeletal pain neuroscience of manual therapy postgraduate students in the Netherlands

Anneke Beetsma, Roland Reezigt, Michiel F Reneman

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Abstract

Background: Health care practitioners' knowledge and attitudes influence patients’ beliefs and health outcomes in musculoskeletal (MSK) pain. It is unclear to what extent physiotherapists undertaking a postgraduate master in manual therapy (MT students) possess the knowledge and attitudes toward pain neuroscience to be able to apply the biopsychosocial model in patients with MSK pain. Objectives: The aim of this study was to assess the knowledge and attitudes toward pain neuroscience in MT students. Design: A cross-sectional study. Method: Self-reported knowledge and attitudes were measured among students (n = 662) at baseline and in all years of the MT postgraduate programs in the Netherlands. The Knowledge and Attitudes of Pain questionnaire (KNAP) was used as a primary measure. Difference in KNAP-scores between baseline (0), year 1, year 2 and year 3 was tested using a one-way ANOVA (hypothesis: 0 < 1
Original languageEnglish
Article number52
Number of pages5
JournalMusculoskeletal Science and Practice
Volume52
Issue number102350
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • Musculoskeletal pain (MeSH)
  • Biopsychosocial
  • Pain education
  • Manual therapy
  • Students

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