Table 1

Semistructured interview guide

TopicQuestion
Introduction1. Can you tell me about your experiences attending physiotherapy for your knee osteoarthritis?
  • What prompted you to seek physiotherapy care?

2. Can you tell me, where did you see the physiotherapist(s)?
  • How did you end up seeing a physiotherapist?

Comprehensive assessment3. Can you tell me how the physiotherapist assessed you and your knee problem?
  • What sort of questions did the physiotherapist ask you?

  • What sort of physical examination did the physiotherapist do?

  • What other health conditions or social factors that might affect how you manage your knee pain (eg, changing work) did the physiotherapist assess?

  • What sort of questionnaire, survey or form did the physiotherapist ask you to complete?

4. What was the main problem you were seeing the physiotherapist for?
  • How well did the physiotherapist understand the main problems you were experiencing for your knee?

Diagnosis5. How did the physiotherapist decide that you have knee osteoarthritis?
  • What sort of tests or scans did the physiotherapist order for your knee osteoarthritis?

  • How did the physiotherapist explain/help you to understand your diagnosis?

Education and self-management6. What sort of treatments did the physiotherapist give you for your knee osteoarthritis?
  • Can you tell me if the physiotherapist provided you with any hands-on treatment or used any machine/device on your knee?

  • Can you tell me if the physiotherapist advised you on the use of knee brace, walking aid or taping for your knee problem?

7. Can you tell me what you remember about any information/advice you received from the physiotherapist for your knee osteoarthritis?
Weight loss and exercise8. What exercise did the physiotherapist suggest you try?
  • How did the physiotherapist consider your needs and preferences when deciding on the best exercise programme for you?

9. Could you tell me if weight is an issue for you? If so, what weight loss treatment did the physiotherapist suggest you try?
10. Can you tell me if the physiotherapist discussed with you the importance of maintaining healthy body weight for your knee osteoarthritis?
Medications11. Can you tell me if you are taking any medications to manage your knee osteoarthritis?
  • Can you tell me if you asked the physiotherapist ways to manage your medications?

  • Is there a reason why you didn’t ask the physiotherapist about medications for your knee?

12. What information/advice did the physiotherapist provide about medicines/drugs for your knee osteoarthritis?
  • Can you tell me if the physiotherapist spoke about any injection you could get for your knee?

Patient review13. Can you tell me how often you saw the physiotherapist for your knee problems?
  • How many times did you see the physiotherapist for you knee?

  • How frequently do you see the physiotherapist now?

  • What did the physiotherapist advise you to do if your problems get worse?

14. Which other health professional did the physiotherapist recommend you see for your knee problem?
  • How did you go with the recommendation?

Surgery15. Can you tell me if you have considered any sort of surgery for your knee osteoarthritis?
  • Can you tell me if the physiotherapist asked you about your thoughts of having any knee surgery?

16. What information/advice did the physiotherapist provide about surgical treatments for your knee osteoarthritis?
Concluding remarks17. Is there any other aspect about your physiotherapy care you would like to discuss?
18. Do you have anything else to add?