Design: Cross-sectional. Objective: Aim 1 was to preliminarily explore the contributions of the following factors to adherence to LBP practice guidelines using regression modeling: 1) the credential qualification of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT); 2) balance of biomedical and behavioral (i.e. biopsychosocial) oriented approach for low back pain (LBP); 3) demographics; 4) academic degree and 5) the attitude towards updating information for evidence-based clinical practice. Aim 2 was to investigate whether therapists credentialed in MDT (Cred.MDT) were more behavioral oriented and less biomedical oriented than general physical therapists. Summary of Background Data: LBP practice guidelines are not adhered to by every physical therapist. MDT is a behavioral modification approach. Thus, it was hypothesized that the Cred.MDT therapist was more behavioral oriented and more adherent to LBP practice guidelines compared with general physical therapists. Methods: One-hundred-twenty Cred.MDT therapists and 2000 general physical therapists in Japan were contacted.
Takasaki, H., Saiki, T., & Iwasada, Y. (2014). McKenzie Therapists Adhere More to Evidence-Based Guidelines and Have a More Biopsychosocial Perspective on the Management of Patients with Low Back Pain than General Physical Therapists in Japan. Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 02(04), 173–181. https://doi.org/10.4236/ojtr.2014.24023