The assessment and management of patients with atraumatic sternoclavicular joint instability: an online survey of current United Kingdom physiotherapy practice

20 May 2022

SCJ Survey participation request - May 2022

The assessment and management of patients with atraumatic sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) instability: an online survey of current United Kingdom (UK) physiotherapy practice.

Thank you for taking the time to consider participating in this research project. You are invited to read the following information and, if you are eligible, to complete the survey. The information will be used to provide information on how this condition is assessed and treated by UK physiotherapists.

Background to the study: SCJ instability is a rare condition accounting for 3 % of upper limb dislocations and atraumatic SCJ instability is a subset of this group. Conservative management is advocated for atraumatic SCJ instability as this group has poor outcomes with surgery. However, there is very little written in the literature to guide the physiotherapy assessment and management of this condition.

Aims of the study: This study aims to explore the current practice of UK physiotherapists regarding the assessment and treatment of patients with atraumatic SCJ instability. For the purposes of this study, the focus is on atraumatic instability rather than traumatic.

Taking part: To take part in the study you need to be a UK based, HCPC registered physiotherapist and be working in a musculoskeletal setting.

Confidentiality: This is an anonymous online survey and no identifiable data from participants will be collected. All data will be stored securely in a password protected environment.

Consent: The first page of the questionnaire contains a link to the participant information sheet. Once you have read this you are invited to complete the questionnaire. The survey is anonymous so once you have submitted the questionnaire, it will not be possible to withdraw your responses. The anonymised data will be written up as an MSc research investigation.

Contact details for concerns/problem/further information: If you would like further information regarding the study or have any concerns regarding any aspect of this study, please contact the lead researcher Rebecca Lewis via her email address: beccylewis79@gmail.com