Physiotherapy Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (Great Britain), Elsevier

Journal description

Physiotherapy aims to publish original research and facilitate continuing professional development for physiotherapists and other health professions worldwide. Dedicated to the advancement of physiotherapy through publication of research and scholarly work concerned with, but not limited to, its scientific basis and clinical application, education of practitioners, management of services and policy. We are pleased to receive articles reporting original scientific research, systematic or narrative reviews, educational, theoretical or debate articles, brief reports, case histories or single case studies. All papers should demonstrate methodological rigour. Physiotherapy is peer reviewed by an international panel.

Current impact factor: 1.91

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.911
2013 Impact Factor 2.106
2012 Impact Factor 1.57
2011 Impact Factor 1.558
2010 Impact Factor 0.641
2009 Impact Factor 0.773
2008 Impact Factor 0.561
2007 Impact Factor 0.452

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.03
Cited half-life 9.90
Immediacy index 0.31
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.62
Website Physiotherapy website
Other titles Physiotherapy (Online)
ISSN 1873-1465
OCLC 60630130
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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    • Author's post-print must be released with a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives License
    • Publisher last reviewed on 03/06/2015
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

  • Physiotherapy 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To determine the effectiveness of Pilates and yoga group exercise interventions for individuals with chronic neck pain (CNP). Design: Quasi-randomised parallel controlled study. Setting: Community, university and private practice settings in four locations. Participants: Fifty-six individuals with CNP scoring ≥3/10 on the numeric pain rating scale for >3 months (controls n=17, Pilates n=20, yoga n=19). Interventions: Exercise participants completed 12 small-group sessions with modifications and progressions supervised by a physiotherapist. Main outcome measures: The primary outcome measure was the Neck Disability Index (NDI). Secondary outcomes were pain ratings, range of movement and postural measurements collected at baseline, 6 weeks and 12 weeks. Follow-up was performed 6 weeks after completion of the exercise classes (Week 18). Results: NDI decreased significantly in the Pilates {baseline: 11.1 [standard deviation (SD) 4.3] vs Week 12: 6.8 (SD 4.3); mean difference -4.3 (95% confidence interval -1.64 to -6.7); P<0.001} and yoga groups [baseline: 12.8 (SD 7.4) vs Week 12: 8.1 (SD 5.6); mean difference -4.7 (95% confidence interval -2.1 to -7.4); P<0.00], with no change in the control group. Pain ratings also improved significantly. Moderate-to-large effect sizes (0.7 to 1.8) and low numbers needed to treat were found. There were no differences in outcomes between the exercise groups or associated adverse effects. No improvements in range of movement or posture were found. Conclusions: Pilates and yoga group exercise interventions with appropriate modifications and supervision were safe and equally effective for decreasing disability and pain compared with the control group for individuals with mild-to-moderate CNP. Physiotherapists may consider including these approaches in a plan of care. Clinical trial registration number: NCT01999283.
    Physiotherapy 10/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: To evaluate the effects of kinesiotape, non-elastic tape, and soft brace on segmental foot kinematics during drop landing in subjects with chronic ankle instability and healthy subjects. Design: Controlled study with repeated measurements. Setting: Three-dimensional motion analysis laboratory. Participants: Twenty participants with chronic ankle instability and 20 healthy subjects. Interventions: The subjects performed drop landings with 17 retroreflective markers on the foot and lower leg in four conditions: barefoot, with kinesiotape, with non-elastic tape and with a soft brace. Main outcome measures: Ranges of motion of foot segments using a foot measurement method. Results: In participants with chronic ankle instability, midfoot movement in the frontal plane (inclination of the medial arch) was reduced significantly by non-elastic taping, but kinesiotaping and bracing had no effect. In healthy subjects, both non-elastic taping and bracing reduced that movement. In both groups, non-elastic taping and bracing reduced rearfoot excursion in inversion/eversion significantly, which indicates a stabilisation effect. No such effect was found with kinesiotaping. All three methods reduced maximum plantar flexion significantly. Conclusions: Non-elastic taping stabilised the midfoot best in patients with chronic ankle instability, while kinesiotaping did not influence foot kinematics other than to stabilise the rearfoot in the sagittal plane. Clinical trial registration number: NCT01810471.
    Physiotherapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Low back pain (LBP) in adolescence is a predictor of adult LBP. Strategies to educate children and encourage healthy spine habits may prevent LBP. Poor adherence to health programmes can be a barrier to their success. This study addresses the potential for habitualisation of a short daily exercise programme that draws attention to factors thought to keep the spine healthy. Objectives: To describe adherence to a 9-month exercise programme, and analyse factors that may influence adherence. Design: Observational cohort study. Setting: Four primary schools in New Zealand. Outcome measures: Outcomes included self-evaluation of adherence to exercise, and self-reported incidence and severity of LBP. Participants: Children (n=469) aged 8 to 11 years. Methods: Participants were taught four simple spine movements for daily practice as part of a health programme that emphasised 'back awareness' and self-care of the spine. Strategies to encourage adherence were implemented. Data on self-reported adherence and episodes of LBP during the previous week were collected through an online survey completed on trial days 7, 21, 49, 105, 161 and 270 over a 9-month period. Results: Daily exercise adherence was 34% on day 7 and dropped to 9% by day 270. Exercise adherence of at least once per week was 84% on day 7 and 47% by day 270. Frequency of exercise was not associated with episodes of LBP [odds ratio (OR) 1.16, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.92 to 1.47, P=0.21], previous history of LBP (OR 0.97, 95% CI 0.77 to 1.23, P=0.77), lifetime first episode of LBP (defined as the first episode of LBP in the study period for participants with no previous history of LBP) (OR 0.39, 95% CI 0.15 to 1.34, P=0.14) or severity of LBP (OR 1.59, 95% CI 0.99 to 2.52, P=0.05). Conclusion: This study applied a comprehensive set of strategies considered to be important in encouraging adherence, but was not successful in sustaining the interest of more than half of the cohort. Innovative strategies are needed to develop new exercise habits in children. Clinical trial registration number: ACTRN12611000551998.
    Physiotherapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Evidence-based practice (EBP) is promoted to ensure quality of care. However, analysis of the skill of physiotherapists in undertaking the steps of EBP, or the impact of EBP on the work of physiotherapists is limited. Objectives: To conduct a scoping review into physiotherapists performing the steps of EBP. Data source: Literature concerning the skill of physiotherapists in EBP between 1990 and June 2013 was searched using AMED, Academic Search Complete, CINAHL, PubMed, ERIC, PEDRO and EMBASE databases. Study selection: Twenty-five studies (six qualitative, one mixed methods and 18 quantitative) were selected. Data extraction and synthesis: Quantitative and qualitative data were extracted using two appraisal tools to analyse each of the five steps of EBP. Results: Limited evidence exists to show that physiotherapists undertake the full EBP process. Despite formulating clinical questions and acquiring literature-based evidence, the drivers for conducting literature or evidence searches have not been clarified. The critical appraisal step was mainly assessed in the form of recognition of statistical terms. Only examples of guideline usage support the reflective final assessment step. Physiotherapists report using their peers and other trusted sources in preference to literature, primarily due to time but also due to divergence between the literature-based evidence and other evidence that they use and value (tacit knowledge). A positive impact of EBP on patient outcomes is lacking. Conclusions: Understanding the information needs of physiotherapists may be necessary before adoption of the EBP process. The use of professional networks may offer a better means to identify knowledge gaps and translate acquired knowledge into practice, rather than focusing on individual skills in EBP.
    Physiotherapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: To evaluate the short-term effects of a video-supported group-based Otago exercise programme (OEP) on physical performance variables in independent community-dwelling older adults. Design: Preliminary randomized controlled trial. Setting: Local senior centre. Participants: Fifty-one adults aged 65 and older with no cognitive impairment. Intervention: Participants were randomly allocated to the intervention group (IG) or to the control group (CG). During 4 months, IG participants performed the exercise routine. Measurements: The primary outcome measure was the Timed 'Up-and-Go' test (TUG). Secondary outcome measurements included functional balance, one-leg balance, lower-limb function and aerobic endurance. All data were collected before and after intervention. Results: TUG scores showed a significant reduction in the performance time in the IG compared to CG after intervention [IG 7.5 (2.0) vs CG 8.8 (1.9), mean difference -1.3seconds, 95% confidence interval (CI) of the difference -2.3 to -0.1; P=0.03]. Secondary outcomes also showed a significant improvement in the performance of the functional balance [IG 54.9 (2.5) vs CG 51.4 (5.3), mean difference 3.5 points, 95% CI 1.2 to 5.8; P=0.003], one-leg balance [IG 39.1 (21.6) vs CG 15.6 (12.1), mean difference 23.5seconds, 95% CI 13.3 to 33.7; P<0.001] and lower extremity strength [IG 8.7 (3.8) vs CG 10.9 (3.3), mean difference -2.2seconds, 95% CI -4.2 to -0.1; P=0.035] in the IG compared to CG. Conclusion: This study shows that, from a short-term perspective, a video-supported group-based OEP programme can significantly improve the levels of mobility, functional balance, one-leg balance and lower extremity strength in community-dwelling older adults. Trial registration: ID: NCT02218411.
    Physiotherapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: There is an urgent need to improve the care of older people at risk of falls or who experience falls in mental health settings. The aims of this study were to evaluate the individual falls risk assessment tools adopted by National Health Service (NHS) mental health trusts in England and healthcare boards in Wales, to evaluate the comprehensiveness of these tools and to review their predictive validity. Methods: All NHS mental health trusts in England (n=56) and healthcare boards in Wales (n=6) were invited to supply their falls policies and other relevant documentation (e.g. local falls audits). In order to check the comprehensiveness of tools listed in policy documents, the risk variables of the tools adopted by the mental health trusts' policies were compared with the 2004 National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) falls prevention guidelines. A comprehensive analytical literature review was undertaken to evaluate the predictive validity of the tools used in these settings. Results: Falls policies were obtained from 46 mental health trusts. Thirty-five policies met the study inclusion criteria and were included in the analysis. The main falls assessment tools used were the St. Thomas' Risk Assessment Tool in Falling Elderly Inpatients (STRATIFY), Falls Risk Assessment Scale for the Elderly, Morse Falls Scale (MFS) and Falls Risk Assessment Tool (FRAT). On detailed examination, a number of different versions of the FRAT were evident; validated tools had inconsistent predictive validity and none of them had been validated in mental health settings. Conclusions: Falls risk assessment is the most commonly used component of risk prevention strategies, but most policies included unvalidated tools and even well validated tool such as the STRATIFY and the MFS that are reported to have inconsistent predictive accuracy. This raises questions about operational usefulness, as none of these tools have been tested in acute mental health settings. The falls risk assessment tools from only four mental health trusts met all the recommendations of the NICE falls guidelines on multifactorial assessment for prevention of falls. The recent NICE (2013) guidance states that tools predicting risk using numeric scales should no longer be used; however, multifactorial risk assessment and interventions tailored to patient needs is recommended. Trusts will need to update their policies in response to this guidance.
    Physiotherapy 09/2015; 13. DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Cognitive impairment increases fall risk in older adults. Dual-task testing is an accepted way to assess the interaction between cognition and mobility; however, there is a lack of evidence-based recommendations for dual-task testing to evaluate fall risk in clinical practice. Objectives: To evaluate the association between dual-task testing protocols and future fall risk, and to identify the specific dual-task test protocols associated with elevated risk. Data sources: MEDLINE, Pubmed and EMBASE electronic databases were searched from January 1988 to September 2013. Study selection: Two independent raters identified prospective cohort studies (duration of at least 1 year) of dual-task assessment in community-dwelling participants aged ≥60 years, with 'falls' as the primary outcome. Study appraisal and synthesis methods: Methodological quality was scored independently by two raters using a published checklist of criteria for evaluating threats to the validity of observational studies. Results: Deterioration in gait during dual-task testing compared with single-task performance was associated with increased fall risk. Shortcomings within the literature significantly limit knowledge translation of dual-task gait protocols into clinical practice. Limitations: There is a paucity of prospective studies on the association of dual-task gait assessment with fall risk. Conclusion and implications of key findings: Changes in gait under dual-task testing are associated with future fall risk, and this association is stronger than that for single-task conditions. Limitations in the available literature preclude development of detailed recommendations for dual-task gait testing procedures in clinical practice to identify and stratify fall risk in older adults.
    Physiotherapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
  • Physiotherapy 09/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: To explore the perceptions of physiotherapists towards the use of and participation in research. Concurrent mixed methods research, combining in-depth interviews with three questionnaires (demographics, Edmonton Research Orientation Survey, visual analogue scales for confidence and motivation to participate in research). One physiotherapy department in a rehabilitation hospital, consisting of seven specialised areas. Twenty-five subjects {four men and 21 women, mean age 38 [standard deviation (SD) 11] years} who had been registered as a physiotherapist for a mean period of 15 (SD 10) years participated in this study. They were registered with the New Zealand Board of Physiotherapy, held a current practising certificate, and were working as a physiotherapist or physiotherapy/allied health manager at the hospital. The primary outcome measure was in-depth interviews and the secondary outcome measures were the three questionnaires. Physiotherapists were generally positive towards research, but struggled with the concept of research, the available literature and the time to commit to research. Individual confidence and orientation towards research seemed to influence how these barriers were perceived. This study showed that physiotherapists struggle to implement research in their daily practice and become involved in research. Changing physiotherapists' conceptions of research, making it more accessible and providing dedicated research time could facilitate increased involvement in the physiotherapy profession. Copyright © 2015 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Physiotherapy 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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    ABSTRACT: The present study, taking a resource-oriented approach to mental health, aimed at investigating mental resilience and its determinants among undergraduate physiotherapy students using quantitative and qualitative tools. A questionnaire-based cross-sectional survey supplemented by 2 focus groups. One university in Hungary. 130 physiotherapy students at years 1, 2, and 3. Sense of coherence, a measure of dynamic self-esteem, as well as social support from family and peers were used to assess mental well-being. A screening instrument for psychological morbidity and perceived stress were used as deficiency-oriented approaches. Student opinions were gathered on positive and negative determinants of mental health. Resilience was lower [mean difference 4.8 (95% CI -3.4; 13.1)], and the occurrence of psychological morbidity (32.5% vs. 0%) was higher among female compared to male students. However, the proportion of students fully supported by their peers was higher among females (63% vs. 37.5%). Female students, unlike their male counterparts, experienced higher stress compared to their peers in the general population. Social support declined as students progressed in their studies though this proved to be the most important protective factor for their mental well-being. Results were fed back to the course organizers recommending the implementation of an evidence-based method to improve social support as delineated by the Guide to Community Preventive Services of the US the outcomes of which are to be seen in the future. Copyright © 2015 Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Physiotherapy 06/2015; DOI:10.1016/
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