Carol A Fawkes

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BACKGROUND Patients' expectations of osteopathic care have been little researched. The aim of this study was to quantify the most important expectations of patients in private UK osteopathic practices, and the extent to which those expectations were met or unmet. METHODS The study involved development and application of a questionnaire about patients'(More)
INTRODUCTION Little is known about the profile of osteopathic care in the United Kingdom (UK). To address this, a standardised data collection (SDC) tool was developed to record patient-based data within private practice. METHODS The development of the SDC tool took place within a national network of research groups (hubs) created by the National Council(More)
BACKGROUND Research has shown that patients' expectations of health care and health-care practitioners are complex and may have a significant impact on outcomes of care. Little is known about the expectations of osteopathic patients. OBJECTIVES To explore osteopathic patients' expectations of private sector care. DESIGN Focus groups and individual(More)
There is an increasing emphasis to take an evidence-based approach to healthcare. To obtain evidence relevant to the osteopathic profession a clear research direction is required based on the views of stakeholders in the osteopathic profession. A modified Delphi consensus approach was conducted to explore the views of osteopaths and patients regarding(More)
Increasing interest is being shown in osteopathy on a national and international basis. Since little prospective data had been available concerning the day-to-day practice of the profession, a standardised data collection tool was developed to try and address this issue. The tool development process has been described in an earlier paper. The standardised(More)
INTRODUCTION Components other than the active ingredients of treatment can have substantial effects on pain and disability. Such 'non-specific' components include: the therapeutic relationship, the healthcare environment, incidental treatment characteristics, patients' beliefs and practitioners' beliefs. This study aims to: identify the most powerful(More)
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