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Table 1 Survey questions and responses

From: Scoliosis Research Society members attitudes towards physical therapy and physiotherapeutic scoliosis specific exercises for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis

Question Response
Member type Active
  Candidate
Country  
Birth date  
Please describe your training. Orthopedic Spine Surgeon
  Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon
  Neurosurgical Spine Surgeon
  Other (please specify)
How many years have you been in practice? 0-10 years
  11-20 years
  >21 years
Do you treat AIS in your practice? Yes/No
Do you refer AIS patients for STANDARD physical therapy? Yes/No
Which patients? (check all that apply) Small curves – not braced
  Curves in braces
  Pre-surgical
  Post-surgical
  Only for families who request therapy
  Patients with symptoms/pain
Indicate primary goals of referring for STANDARD physical therapy? (check all that apply) Prevent curve progression
Improve aesthetics via postural correction
  Prevent or treat spinal pain
  Prevent or treat respirary dysfunction
  Prevent surgery
  Improve post-surgical outcome with pre-op PT
  Postpone surgery
Why don’t you refer? (check all that apply) Lack of perceived value in standard PT
  Lack of access
  Lack of patient interest/compliance
  Lack of perceived value in standard PT
  Lack of research to support standard PT
  Cost to patient
Do you refer patients for SCOLIOSIS SPECIFIC EXERCISE? Yes/No
Which methods? (check all that apply): Schroth
  Lyon Method
  Side Shift Method
  Functional Individual Therapy of Scoliosis
  Scientific Exercise Approach to Scoliosis
Which patients? (check all that apply) Small curves – not braced
  Curves in braces
  Improved posture/Aesthetics
  Post-surgical
  Pre-surgical
  Only for families who ask
What are your goals for SCOLIOSIS SPECIFIC EXERCISE (SSE)? (check all that apply) Improved posture/Aesthetics
Improving surgical outcome
  Postponing surgery
  Preventing Curve Progression
  Preventing surgery
  Improved posture/Aesthetics
Why don’t you refer? (check all that apply) Lack of access to SSE trained therapists
  Lack of research to support SSE
  Lack of perceived value in SSE
  Lack of access to SSE trained therapists
  Lack of patient interest/compliance
Have you observed an increased interest in SCOLIOSIS SPECIFIC EXERCISE? Yes/No
In what ways do you see evidence of this change? (check all that apply) Hospitals and Clinics in your area are promoting SSE
  More research/publications about PT or SSE
  Patients and families are asking for PT or SSE
  Doctors are referring more frequently to PT or SSE
  Hospitals and Clinics in your area are promoting SSE
Why not? (check all that apply) Lack of patients/family interest in SSE
  Lack of physician education or interest about benefit of SSE
  Lack of research/publications about of SSE
  Hospitals and Clinics in your area do not provide SSE
Do you anticipate an increased role for SSE in the future? Yes/No
What would facilitate this change?  
Do you support the use of SRS research funds to support higher quality research regarding the potential benefit of SSE for AIS? Yes/No
Please add any additional perspectives you would like to share:  
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