A working group within the Special Interest Group on Mobility, part of RIMS: Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis, European network for best practice and research (www.eurims.org), organizes a multi-centre international questionnaire survey COPHYREQUEST that aims to monitor how physiotherapists treat patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), how they understand and assess their work and what they want to achieve in their work.
The COPHYREQUEST consist of two parts, both should be filled via internet:
First, short questionnaire concerning the organisation of physiotherapy in the centre should be filled by one competent person in each centre (who knows organisation of the centre, e.g. head of department – physiotherapist or medical doctor).
Second, longer questionnaire concerning assessment and therapy in MS should be filled by as many physiotherapists from each centre as possible, who fulfil inclusion criteria - clinical experience in multiple sclerosis (at least 12 subjects per year) and general understanding to written English.
The inventory may be not only a stock-check of the actual MS physiotherapy practice across Europe but may also serve as a basis for further (comparative) scientific work to put MS- rehabilitation on a higher and more widely applied level and so fulfil some of the demands of the Code of Good Practice (to impact patients´ quality of life, local and national health organizations, and health insurance companies).
PhDr. Kamila Rasova, Ph.D., PT, principal investigator
Charles University in Prague, Third Faculty of Medicine