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Papers: 29 May 2021 - 4 Jun 2021

Human Studies


PLoS One



Prevalence and predictors of no-shows to physical therapy for musculoskeletal conditions.


Bhavsar NA, Doerfler SM, Giczewska A, Alhanti B, Lutz A, Thigpen CA, George SZ
PLoS One. 2021; 16(5):e0251336.
PMID: 34048440.


Chronic pain affects 50 million Americans and is often treated with non-pharmacologic approaches like physical therapy. Developing a no-show prediction model for individuals seeking physical therapy care for musculoskeletal conditions has several benefits including enhancement of workforce efficiency without growing the existing provider pool, delivering guideline adherent care, and identifying those that may benefit from telehealth. The objective of this paper was to quantify the national prevalence of no-shows for patients seeking physical therapy care and to identify individual and organizational factors predicting whether a patient will be a no-show when seeking physical therapy care.