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    Patients’ satisfaction with physiotherapy management of chronic mechanical neck pain in physiotherapy departments of public hospitals in Ibadan, Nigeria: a mixed-method study

    Odole, Adesola C, Ayodeji, Ayomikun, Adolo, Blessing, Alumona, Chiedozie James, Adandom, Henrietha, Mbada, Chidozie E and Awosoga, Oluwagbohunmi A (2023) Patients’ satisfaction with physiotherapy management of chronic mechanical neck pain in physiotherapy departments of public hospitals in Ibadan, Nigeria: a mixed-method study. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice: an international journal of physical therapy, 39 (9). pp. 1896-1905. ISSN 0959-3985

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    Introduction: The study was aimed at determining patients’ satisfaction level with physiotherapy in the management of chronic mechanical neck pain (CMNP) in physiotherapy departments of the 3 public hospitals in Ibadan, Nigeria. Methods: A mixed-method design that involved 51 and five both purposively selected participants for the cross-sectional survey (CSS) and qualitative study, respectively. For the CSS, data was collected using the MedRisk instrument and analyzed using the Chi-square test at p ≤ .05. For the qualitative study, patients’ satisfaction was explored through a focus group discussion (FGD) and analyzed using thematic analysis. Results: For CSS, 49.0% and 7.8% of the participants reported excellent and fair satisfaction, respectively, with physiotherapy in the management of CMNP. There was no significant association of patients’ satisfaction level with: age (p = .588); sex (p = .851); and marital status (p = .409). For the FGD, three themes (patients’ experience with physiotherapists; patient satisfaction with physiotherapy services; patient satisfaction with other health care services) that emerged further explained that participants were satisfied with physiotherapy management of their CMNP. However, they were not satisfied with the attitude of the record officers, constancy of the same treating physiotherapists, and unavailability of resources. Conclusion: Patients with CMNP are satisfied with the physiotherapy care they received.

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