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C0097 Current status ultrasound use among spanish physiotherapists: on-line survey
  1. José Luis Arias-Buría1,
  2. Samuel Fernández-Carnero2,
  3. César Calvo-Lobo3,
  4. Félix Raúl Albalate-Barbero4,
  5. Juan Cobaleda-Peragón5,
  6. Daniel Tapia-Amores5,
  7. Vicente Orenga-Nebot6,
  8. Juan Martínez7
  1. 1Sociedad Española de Ecografía en Fisioterapia: SEEFi Madrid, Madrid, España
  2. 2Presidente de la SEEFi, Madrid, España
  3. 3Vicepresidente de la SEEFi, Madrid, España
  4. 4Tesorero de la SEEFi, Madrid, España
  5. 5Delegado de Andalucía de la SEEFi, Andalucía, España
  6. 6Delegado de Valencia de la SEEFi, Valencia, España
  7. 7Delegado de la Xunta de Galicia de la SEEFi, Galicia, España


Background The use of ultrasound among Spanish physiotherapists has grown in recent years.

Methods On-line survey of 145 physical therapists spanish.

Results A sample of 145 physical therapists (PTs) was recruited from 20 different geographical areas (figure 1). The time mean ±SD since subjects obtained their PT degree, started their ultrasonography training and clinical use were 10.40±7.10, 3.74±3.46 and 3.11±3.11 years, respectively. The PTs percentages who presented PhD, MSc (120 ECTS) and MSc (60 ECTS) degrees were 2.8%, 8.3% and 11%, respectively. Indeed, the 95.9% and 97.9% of PTs considered the ultrasonography necessity and evidence based use, respectively. Furthermore, the 28% of PTs believed that ultrasonography specialisation is difficult, althougth the 79% and 72.2% knew the Rehabilitative Ultrasound Imaging (RUSI) and Ultrasound Imaging (USI) term, respectively. Among these PTs, the 78.5% presented ultrasonography education and the 98.6% agreed with the use of ultrasonography in their clinic practice. Nevertheless, the 58.7% considered the cost of ultrasonography education as a limitation, despite of the 93.7% of PTs would like to study more deeply about ultrasonography. The 14%, 25.4%, 27.2% and 33.3% of PTs have received from 10 to 20, from 21 to 40, from 41 to 80 or more than 100 hours of ultrasonography education, respectively. Daily, the 65% of PTs works with ultrasonography, as well as the 22.7%, 21.6% and 51.7% carry out a mean from 1 to 5, from 5 to 10 or more than 10 ultrasonography assessments per week, respectively. The 72.4% found signs with ultrasonography different from conventional evaluation. Lineal transducer (99%), convex transducer (15.5%), panoramic view (24.6%), elastography (8.5%), colour Doppler (79.8%), touch screen (0.7%) and B-steer (3%) were included in their ultrasound tools. From an economical point of view, the 67.6% considered the ultrasound as a profitable tool in the physical therapy clinics. Finally, the majority of PTs (93.8%) stated that the RUSI is a physiotherapy competence, respecting the USI radiology competences.

Conclusions It is an unstoppable reality.

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