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Evaluating primary care decision-making for shoulder injuries in New Zealand

What is the study about?

shoulder decisionThe aim of this project is to ask musculoskeletal physiotherapists about their preferences on the importance of key clinical factors when considering referral of a patient with a shoulder injury for surgery.

This survey uses decision-making software.

What will I be asked to do?

Should you agree to take part in this survey, you will be invited to self-enrol via the 1000Minds website

The website will ask you to enter your email as a verification, and then you can start the survey.

On the website, the survey question is: “These 2 boxes represent 2 hypothetical patients with injured shoulders. Which patient has greater priority for shoulder surgery referral, in your opinion?” You will have a series of two clinical criteria at a time to choose between, for your opinion. Altogether there are five criteria, each with four factors. These are presented in a series of options for consideration.

On completion of the 1000Minds survey, there is a link to a short demographics questionnaire which is anonymous.

The time commitment is approximately 20 minutes, and you can pause and restart the survey at your convenience. Please be aware that you may decide not to take part in the project without any disadvantage to yourself.

Please note that you need to be a New Zealand registered Physiotherapist working the musculoskeletal area.

Please read the Information Sheet for more details.

For further information

Contact Karen Taylor or Dr Steve Tumilty at the School of Physiotherapy
Telephone: 03 479 5920 or 03 479 7193
Email: or

This study has been approved by the University of Otago D17/223. However, if you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph 03 479-8256). Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.