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To follow, or not follow, the script? That is the question (Act 1) — physios’ attention to the human aspects of care for people with low back pain

Lauren Finestone

Physios should ‘tinker with’ or ‘throw away the script’ if they want to respond in a more person-centred way to patients with low back pain.

Despite physiotherapy’s attempt to move towards a more ‘biopsychosocial’ model, physios still tend to focus on the physical and biomedical aspects of care, rather than the emotional and psychological aspects of the patient's experience.  They stick to the established ‘scripts’ in the ‘acts’ that make up the whole physiotherapy interaction. A study used this metaphor to analyse how physiotherapists ...

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Published 09 February, 2023