Mar 1, 2003
Summary The scope of physiotherapy practice was extended in 1995 to include intra-articular and intra-lesional injections within musculoskeletal therapy, provided that physiotherapists had undertaken ‘appropriate training’. The purpose of this study was to investigate the experience of physiotherapists in applying their injection therapy skills following training. A qualitative study was used, based on a phenomenological approach, to be able to explore the actual experience of physiotherapists. Participants volunteered to take part in the study and unstructured interviews were conducted, transcribed and analysed. The investigation was performed as a step towards identifying facilitating factors and barriers to practice as experienced by physiotherapists in implementing their injection therapy skills. Four principal themes arose from the interviews relating to professional autonomy, professional relationships, affective factors and training issues. Extension of the investigation will aim to explore this investigation's findings further, to contribute to the theory underpinning the development of injection training programmes and to inform the profession as a whole.