Table 1

Participants’ characteristics

Participant numberAge in yearsGenderDiabeticGroupDominance of affected side at time of studyLength of time from onset to first consultationLength of time from first consultation to referral to musculoskeletal (MSK) specialistWhere physiotherapy treatment was given
160–69FemaleNo1DWithin 3 months3 monthsOwn practice—physiotherapist with MSK interest
250–59FemaleNo1 & 2ND & DImmediate
Within 2 months
22 months
MSK community clinic
GP at own practice (not referred to MSK specialist)
350–59FemaleNo1DWithin 2 months0 monthsOwn practice—physiotherapist with MSK interest
450–59FemaleNo2NDUnknownUnknownOwn practice physiotherapist (not referred to MSK specialist)
550–59MaleNo2DWithin 1 month5 monthsHospital MSK clinic
640–49MaleYes2DWithin 2 months3 monthsOccupational health physiotherapist and own practice—physiotherapist with MSK interest
750–59FemaleNo1NDApprox 5 months0 monthsMSK community clinic
8Over 70MaleNo1DWithin 3 months0 monthsOwn practice—physiotherapist with MSK interest
1050–59FemaleNo2NDWithin 2 months6 monthsGeneralist physiotherapist and MSK hospital clinic
1150–59MaleYes3NDWithin 2 months8 monthsMSK hospital clinic
1250–59MaleYes3NDWithin 1 month16 monthsOccupational health physiotherapist and MSK hospital clinic
  • Participant 9 did not return calls/emails. Data in table derived from interviews with patients, medical records not accessed.

  • D, dominant; ND, non-dominant.