Table 1

Characteristics of health professionals who manage people with shoulder pain (n=26) and people with shoulder pain (n=14)

Health professionalsMean (SD) or N (%)
(unless specified otherwise)
Profession
 Physiotherapist11 (42)
 Orthopaedic surgeon7 (27)
 General practitioner4 (15)
 Chiropractor3 (12)
 Osteopath1 (4)
Age (years)40 (11)
Female8 (31)
Country of practice
 Australia18 (69)
 USA4 (15)
 Canada2 (8)
 England2 (8)
Years of experience12 (9)
Works in private practice19 (73)
No of patients with shoulder pain seen per year164 (167)
Median (IQR): 100 (40–250)
People with shoulder pain Mean (SD) or N (%)
(unless specified otherwise)
Age (years)46 (18)
Female6 (43)
Highest level of education
 University6 (43)
 High school or TAFE/trade8 (57)
Country of birth
 Australia10 (71)
 Philippines1 (7)
 USA1 (7)
 UK1 (7)
 Egypt1 (7)
Employment status
 Working9 (64)
 Not working3 (21)
 Retired/unable to work2 (14)
 Health insurance8 (57)
Duration of shoulder pain (months)96 (117)
Median (IQR): 18 (6–180)
Activity interference in the past week
 Not at all3 (21)
 A little bit3 (21)
 Moderately6 (43)
 Quite a bit1 (7)
 Extremely1 (7)
Management strategies trialled
 Exercise9 (64)
 Medication8 (57)
 Rest7 (50)
Massage6 (43)
 Manual therapy5 (36)
 Injections2 (14)
 Surgery2 (14)
 Other3 (21)
Previously had a scan (X-ray, MRI, ultrasound)8 (57)
Previously had sick leave due to shoulder pain2 (14)
  • TAFE, Technical and Further Education.